Kylie, 14, California, US

12606935_1701513373395595_1119871928_n“I have been diagnosed with severe social anxiety and bipolar disorder.
I grew up with a very dysfunctional family. Most of my memories are my sister and I having to call the cops because my mom and dad had an abusive relationship. I didn’t understand what was going on at the time but it affected me a lot.

When this was happening around the age 4 or 5 I had developed some separation anxiety because of all the time the cops had to take me and my sister and my mom.I was severely bullied because of this. I didn’t talk at school because I was so overwhelmed that I had to leave my parent to go to school.

Eventually, my mom packed up her stuff and left. I was 10 when this happened and that led to my depression which resulted in more bullying.
After being bullied since I was 8 for “not talking” I had developed social anxiety, which now takes over my life.

To cope with these feeling I got into some bad habits. I smoked, self-harmed and would skip school. I also had strong suicidal thoughts.
I’m steal dealing with this. I have been hospitalized for self-harm and suicidal thoughts.

I’m trying to recover right now. I made it 8 months clean from self-harm but relapsed. I’m working towards a month soon and I’m hoping to recover as soon as possible.

Just remember that recovery is possible. <3 “


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