Teen Stories

Example #1

On the outside, it looked like I had it all together. I was captain of the varsity soccer team, had a girlfriend and lots of friends, and was on the student council. No one knew what I was going through on the inside. I felt so much pressure to be perfect. I stopped enjoying everything—sports, friends, family time.

Every time I didn’t do well, I felt like I didn’t deserve to be alive. I felt hopeless and overwhelmed. One day after school, I called my best friend and finally told him how I was feeling. He encouraged me to talk to my mom. I’m so happy I did talk to my mom. My parents and I found a therapist who helped me with my depression and anxiety using cognitive behavioral therapy.

At first, I was skeptical that it could help but it really did! My therapist gave me tools and skills that helped me manage my stress and thoughts.

Teen Stories

Example #2

After I got in a big fight with my best friend and we stopped being friends, I started feeling more and more alone. Everything was overwhelming. A guy at school offered me some of his weed. First, I started smoking a few times before bed and within a few months, I started smoking every day before school.

I thought I was really good at hiding it from my teachers and parents. But, I got caught smoking during lunch and was suspended from school. My parents went through my stuff and basically took away all my privileges. I was totally screwed. I felt like I had no other tool to feel better without weed. The school guidance counselor referred me to a therapist and to a group.

I really did not want to go and talk about losing my friend and feeling so alone to people I didn’t know. It was much different than I expected and it really helped me a lot.

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Example #3

I was never the skinniest girl in the grade and always felt self-conscious about my body. During the pandemic, I started googling ways to lose weight and spent hours on TikTok watching weight loss videos. I was so embarrassed by my body and ashamed by these thoughts. I became a vegan. I told everyone that it was because I wanted to reduce my carbon footprint, but really, it made it easier to eat less at family meals since my family still ate meat.

I spent hours looking at my stomach in front of the mirror. I realized this was becoming a bigger issue when I stopped getting my period. I went to the doctor to make sure everything was okay and she noticed I was underweight. She recommended I find a CBT therapist who specializes in disordered eating. I was so scared of gaining weight and did not want to therapy.

Thankfully, my parents did not give me a choice. I started working with a CBT therapist and am on the road to recovery. Some days are more difficult than others but I feel like I’m gaining control of my life back.

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Example #4

I’ve always had trouble falling asleep. My thoughts would race before bed. It was awful, I’d be so tired the next day in school. I also just felt so cranky. Everything my parents said was annoying and we kept fighting.

I quit the softball team because I was just so exhausted and irritable all the time. I would just lay in bed crying for hours. I even stopped talking to my best friends. I really didn’t know what to do. It felt like this never-ending cycle. It got to a point where I did not even want to go to school anymore.

The guidance counselor recommended I start meeting with a weekly therapist. This therapist explained that what I was going through were symptoms of depression. It all started to make more sense. We worked together for about 6 months and it helped me feel like myself again.

Teen Stories

Example #5

I was in a really bad place. I felt like it would be better for everyone if I were gone. I took some of my mom’s pills and went to bed hoping not to wake up. I woke up the next morning and immediately regretted what I did the night before. I told my older brother about my attempt and he convinced me we needed to tell my dad.

I was so worried that I was going to get in trouble. My dad does not understand mental health issues- he is more of the “suck it up” type. My dad took me to see the pediatrician who handed us a flyer for a DBT skills group. I went to this group each week with my dad.

At first, it was so weird to talk about these issues in front of him but I am also so happy that he learned more about mental illness in teens. It was a really good step for our family and I learned so many new ways to cope. 

 

 

 

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