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Hi tennisdoc09. Welcome to HW. (:
I'm 15 here and I face some of the problems that you have. I lost interest and passion for many things and it's like I'm not myself. Since I don't really understand what I'm going through now and is seeking help too, I‘m sorry that I don't really have any advice that I can give.
However, just to let you know that I'll be here supporting you. (: I am sure the others here will support you too and help you as far as possible. :D Stay with us. ;)
lots of love,Jaslyn
Wow, thanks. Never thought of myself as inspirational!
I know my mom cares and loves me and all, but when it comes to me having a problem mentally, she can't accept it.
My parents all always bragging about me. How smart I am, my grades, my goals in life, how much I want to be a doctor and everything. And I have started early. To me education is the most important thing and thats what I would like to be able to focus on. It's a challenge with all of my problems trying not to think about them or just feeling like I can go to school and do work.
Sometimes I can't think straight and stuff and that is very difficult in school, especially test days! Right now, sleep is the biggest thing affecting how I feel everyday. During the summer I slept around 16 hours a day! I could get that much if I went to sleep when the bell rang at 3 in the afternoon to go home and got up at 7:55 when the bell to start school rings! I can't go to sleep when I get home because of home work and everything. So, it is really tough to balance it so that I get enough sleep to where I can go to school and, hopefully, not get to sick.
Sorry, I am going on and on. Gues I just need to vent! Well, thanks for being here! I really appreciate all the help and support!
It's sound like you are doing much better than the times before . Hang in there, and best wishes in school.
I know I am not alone, at least in the world. But, here, I don't know of anyone personally who has gone through this. I know people all around probably suffer from the same thing, but you can never tell. I stay to myself and hold it in. I 'act' happy in school so no one knows, but even my friends have noticed the change in me, because I don't take part in anything and never feel up to doing stuff like I used to. So, I know I am not alone, I just feel that way.
Today, I wrote a letter explaining everything to my school counselor. I went to her office to give it to her and everything! Unfortunately, she had already left, but at least I did it! I am going to try again tomorrow! That's a BIG step for me, I think.
Well, I have to go, homework. Thanks! And yes, Jas, I wouldn't mind talking to you more often! It's always nice to talk to someone who can understand and relate so well! Thanks!
WOW! That entire paragraph you wrote described me!! I totally agree with everything. Except my school work hasn't really been sloppy. That is the only thing I work as hard as possible on. I used to not have to work to do my school work. It all came natural, but now I have to push myself to get everything done, and I still do really good on MOST things. I have found though that I have to try harder though. My teachers or classmates don't notice the change, but my friends do.
I went to the counselor's office and she was there. I didn't know what to say so I just said,'As my counselor it is ok that I tell you something personal right?' And she said yes of course. I said, 'In that case, here you go.' And gave her the letter. I was so scared. She opened it and was like close the door. And I was reluctant. All I could get out was 'no, actually I am going to...' and pointed out the door. She was like do you want me to read it later. And I said,' Well, just not right now." Thats really all I could get out. I was shaking and couldn't talk or say everything I wanted calmly. I got really hot and I could feel my face turning so red. She was like, 'Are you going to be ok tonight?' And I said yes. And she said,"well, is it ok if we talk tomorrow?' By this point I could hardly say anything so I just got out 'yes' the best I could. She could tell I was so scared and nervous.
BUT, I did it. It took me a while to get my voice back and be able to talk. When I talked it was like I was taking breaths inbetween each letter I said or something. And I was SO hot, scared, and totally nervous, but I kept thinking how good it was.
I can't believe I actually did it. I haven't stopped thinking about it since. I did it about 30 minutes before school was out and when I got on the bus, I sat with my friend and the first thing she said to me was, 'You aren't happy today." She can always tell when something is wrong. When I am really down or worried she can tell.
Well, I don't know what to say. I have a headache thinking about it. I can't believe I actually gave her the letter to read. That is going to change everything so much. I am shocked. Unbelieveable. I think it is so great that I did it, but I am SO scared. I braved it though. I gave it to her! I did it!
Thanks SO much!! I could NEVER have done that without the encouragement and support of everyone on here! Thank you guys SO SO MUCH!!!
You are awesome and I am so proud of you. I hope you are working on your letter to your counselor. I am also delighted that you made some friends on here.
You have a wonderful spirit for one so young and I am feeling really old. :)
Post Edited (TeNNiSd0C09) : 8/15/2007 5:54:52 PM (GMT-6)
I talked with my counselor today for a little more than 45 minutes. I was so scared and nervous at first and could barely talk. My mouth was dry, and my hands were the opposite! My heart was pounding. I did however enjoy it. As it went on, somethings I could talk about more than others. The others I just said yes or no the best I could. We talked about alot of stuff and she was very understanding and I could tell she really wanted to do everything she could to help me. She gave me alot to think about also.
I have to kepp some journals for the next week, for sleep and how I feel during the day, and go talk to her again in a week. I am actually looking forward to it. I enjoyed talking to her. It was scary and all, but I knew I was doing the right thing. A few things I was uncomfortable talking about and didn't say the things I should have, but I think it will be easier next time!
For once, I actually cant wait til next week to talk to her again! I feel like I am finally do something to help myself! It was such a huge step! I am starting to feel more comfortable about it all.
Well, homework is calling my name! I have to stay on my schedule so... I just wanted to let everyone know how it went! Thanks so much to all of you for supporting me and encouraging me to do the right thing!!! THANKS!