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I live with my grandmother and cousin because my mom died when I was seven, and my dad has a drinking problem. My cousin lives with us because she and her mom don’t get along. Things get so hard sometimes and I just don’t know what to do. I seem happy, but most of the time I feel depressed.
I get good grades, but my last few tests have been a real bummer. Also, I transferred schools two towns away, but since I don’t see my friends in school it feels like I moved across the country. I want to be happier. Can you help?
I'm really sorry to hear that you're having such a hard time with your family and at school. A lot of people hide their real feelings beneath a smile—and you sound like one of them.
I think one of the best things you can do for yourself is to find someone to talk to, even if it's just a friend you can vent to when frustrating things come up. Also, you might really have depression, but regardless, you’ve got a lot to deal with, so you should ask your grandma or another adult to help you get help. Seeing a therapist or a school counselor could give you a safe place to share your feelings. Depression can be a really serious problem and shouldn’t be left alone.
If all your friends are at your old school, try making friends at your new school. I know that can feel overwhelming if you're not very happy in the first place, but you could start small by joining a student group at school or asking some kids you know from class if they want to study with you.
BY ALISSA SCHELLER ON 11/19/2010 7:00:00 AM
POSTED IN problems with my parents, dealing with depression, therapy
My mom died when I was 7, too. I t was really tough! But now I live with only my dad, my brother, and my sister!
by gymnastjill on 4/16/2011 3:11:58 PM
I totally kind of understaznd. My mom can barely move her right leg, had a atroke a few years ago, and is diabetic. My dad is schitzophranic and alcoholic, and at times, i've had to stay at my cousin's house because my dad was in a mental hospital and my mom in a regular one. I used to hide behind a smile, but then i made some really good friends and while i wasn't paying attention, the smile turned real.
by crowellgirl2 on 12/30/2010 9:19:09 PM
by TripleB3Babe on 12/27/2010 11:40:01 PM
i know how it feels to not have real parents because both of my parents are big alcholics and i feel like they dont care about me at all. i dont live with them but i try to hold in my emotions
by lilwayne on 11/22/2010 9:45:26 AM
by smileysevvie on 11/20/2010 9:19:29 AM
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