Sad And MoodyFeelingsSad And Moody<div class="ExternalClass09A44A0422FF4C2F9E2E1F9A054DDF81"><p style="font-family:georgia;font-size:16px;">​<span>I'm sick and tired. I'm rapidly loosing my friends and I can't tell why, but it's probably of how I'm always in a bad mood. I'm always sad and moody. I'm so alone, the girl I have a crush on is in a relationship, but she's also my best friend. nothing is going right in life and I feel like it would be easier to just give up. ​</span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:georgia;font-size:16px;"> </span></div><div class="ExternalClass3185949269BB4E9E9ECFDA8CCCBA6A60"><div><div class="ExternalClass09A44A0422FF4C2F9E2E1F9A054DDF81"><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>It sounds like you’re really struggling right now.  Sometimes life can be pretty overwhelming, and it can be hard to keep going.  But you did the right thing by reaching out for help.  Sometimes, having someone to listen and support you can make a big difference!</span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>You mentioned that you’ve been feeling sad and “moody” recently.  Is this something new for you or have you been feeling this way for a while?  Any idea what might have started this difficulty with your emotions?  Obviously, losing a friend for any reason certainly doesn’t help a person’s mood, but it sounds like you were already feeling down before the thing with your friend happened.  Could it be related to an event in your life (like starting a new school, losing a relative, struggling in school) or it might even have to do with something physiological (like a vitamin deficiency or hormonal changes or other issues with other chemicals in your brain).  If you continue to struggle like this, it might be a good idea to ask a parent about seeing your doctor or a counselor.  These people can better assess what’s going on and find the best solution for you to feel better.</span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>In the meantime, one important thing that you can do on your own is to develop some good coping skills that you can turn to when you feel your emotions getting out of control.  Coping skills can be anything from ways to release your emotions to distractions to things that make you feel more relaxed or better about yourself.  There are tons of options to choose from.  Some people turn to art, others to sports or exercise, and still others to music or games.  You can read more about coping skills on our website: </span><a href="/Pages/Tips.aspx" style="background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255);">http://www.yourlifeyourvoice.org/v2/Pages/Tips.aspx</a><span>.  Just scroll down to the section labeled “coping skills.”</span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>Whatever you do, just remember:  Life has difficult moments, but these moments don’t last forever.  It might seem like things will never get better, but the reality is, things do get better, and people get better at dealing with the difficult things too.  Don’t give up.  And if you feel like you can’t keep yourself from giving up, then reach out to us or another trusted adult right away.  Know that you’re not alone!</span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;">Jen, Crisis Counselor</span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:georgia;font-size:16px;"> </span></div></div> </div>14

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