I Feel Alone. How Do I Deal with This Situation?

Published: June 15, 2018
Dear TeenHealthFX,
Dear Teenfx, Recently me and a group of girls reported my gym teacher for touching us inappropriately and making inappropriate jokes. (He got fired immediately) After this, 2 kids that used to be my best friends called us stupid and made some dirty jokes and asked me if i feel "sexually assaulted" with them too. One of my 'close' friends asked me how the 'rape case' is going and laughed in my face. On the bus, I heard some of the kids calling the group of girls retarded even though they didn't have the right information. (they were saying that he cursed with us a long time ago and we reported him because he got us mad that day) My mom screamed at me for getting involved in the report and for not telling her. She mocks me by saying "Oh my name is *my name* and my life is so hard oh my god what am I going to do" and fake cries. On top of this i'm pressured to do go in school. When I go to school I feel like I can't breathe. I'm so stressed out that I can't sleep or eat and I feel like I can't talk to anyone. I have had eating problems, sleeping problems and frequently have panic attacks and emotional breakdowns. My mom took me out of therapy because "there is nothing wrong with me" so, How do I deal with this situation? - I feel alone
Signed: I Feel Alone. How Do I Deal with This Situation?

Dear I Feel Alone. How Do I Deal with This Situation?,

TeenHealthFX can appreciate how alone you are feeling given the situations and circumstances you have described. There is a lot you are dealing with between what happened with your gym teacher, what you have been going through with peers, and feeling a lack of support from your mother. Given all of this, FX thinks that it is important for you to be meeting with a reputable mental health professional such as a clinical social worker or clinical psychologist so that you can get the guidance and support you need in dealing with these difficult situations. If your mother continues to refuse to let you meet with a therapist, FX recommends speaking to a teacher, counselor, nurse or principal at your school who could advocate on your behalf. You can also click here for a list of hotline and website resources for teens that might be helpful for you.

If you live in northern New Jersey and need help finding a therapist you can call the Access Center from Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888-247-1400. Outside of this area you can log onto the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website for referrals in your area. You can also contact your insurance company to get a list of in-network mental health providers or check with your school social worker or psychologist to get a list of referrals in your area.

Signed: TeenHealthFX