Holding My Breath Around My DadFamilyHolding My Breath Around My Dad<div class="ExternalClassAC3A7714C5E6492DA17FD88CAD24CD78"><p>​I need help. I feel as though I'm holding my breath, waiting for something bad to happen. My dad has been continuously taking his anger and stress out on my family and myself. I don't know what to do. <br></p></div><div class="ExternalClassF2B5583E6102419A815763506FE72F87"><p>​I'm glad you emailed in today. It sounds like things have been difficult at your home. When one of the parents gets upset, it can impact the mood of the entire family. I'm wondering if you have talked with your mom about how you are feeling? This is a situation where you might need another adult to intervene. Find a time where things are calm, and share how you have been feeling with your mom. If it's hard to find private time to talk with your mom, perhaps you could go for an outing and talk in the car. Ask your mom what she thinks might help the situation.  It's likely she already knows there is a problem. Perhaps the two of you could develop a plan for approaching your dad. </p><p>It's hard for us to understand what is going on when parents are upset. You may not be aware of things going on in your dad's life while he is at home. Perhaps he is stressed about work or other outside situations. It's possible your father might not recognize how his mood has been affecting his family. If another adult approaches him, he might be able to change it. Most parents want their families to be happy and stress free. <br></p><p>I hope things start to improve for you at home. I am attaching a link that might be helpful in getting the conversation started with your parents.<br></p><p><a href="/pages/tip-how-to-talk-to-parents.aspx">How To Talk To Your Parents</a><br></p><p>​Take care! </p><p> Julie, Crisis Counselor<br></p><p><br></p></div>19

You don't have to face your problems alone!

Counselors are standing by.

Ways to Get Help