From a young teen in the U.S.: I hate my family because of my cousin. I have no space. I am forced to be with him all the time everyday. He makes fun of me, calls me names, and is constantly bullying me. My grandma (who I live with) gets me in trouble because I’m supposed to be older than that and not react. my cousin just uses that against me and when finally say something back I’m the one that gets in trouble. When I am with the only friend I am allowed hang out with, my cousin would not leave us alone until I finally snapped and yelled at him.
I see a counselor and I only get to see her once a month. It has gotten worse since that month. I have smashed my head against walls, hit things, broke things, and even cut my wrist once. I’m scared of what will happen when I finally had enough. I try to talk to them and it always ends in disaster. it doesn’t help to have ptsd,depression,anxiety,and sometimes I feel like I could have bipolar disorder.
You cousin is a bully and is abusive. It doesn’t matter that you are older. He is making your life miserable. I suspect that your grandmother is feeling so overwhelmed by “parenting” again that she can’t see the problems or is coping by trying to ignore them. She seems to be asking you, as the older kid, to do what she can’t. That’s not fair to you. You shouldn’t be asked to control your cousin when she can’t. You shouldn’t be asked to handle this alone.
I’m as worried about your cousin as I am about you. It is not usual or normal for a young boy to be behaving like this. I have to wonder what has happened to him that the only way he feels powerful is to be a bully. He is practicing patterns of behavior that are only going to make his life miserable too.
I’m so glad you are seeing a counselor. Take your letter and this response to your next appointment. Ask directly for help talking with your grandmother about the effect of your cousin’s behavior and what she intends to do about it. The counselor may be able to direct your grandmother to resources and a counselor who can help the whole family.
Hurting yourself won’t solve your problems. Talking to your counselor is likely to help all of you.
I wish you well.
I Hate My Family
Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker
Dr. Marie is licensed as both a psychologist and marriage and family counselor. She specializes in couples and family therapy and parent education. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.
Hartwell-Walker, D. (2018). I Hate My Family. Psych Central.
Retrieved on November 26, 2020, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2018/08/15/i-hate-my-family-2/
Last updated: 12 Aug 2018 (Originally: 15 Aug 2018)
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