I don’t know how many people under the age of 18 follow my WordPress account or sister Facebook page; if there is a way to do so, somebody please let me know. But now that I’ve started a Facebook page, the teenagers playground, I want to write a post directed primarily at people under the age of 18 because when I boost my posts the minimum age I choose is 16; And for good reason.
If you are following me, it is likely due to 1 of 3 things; you have anxiety, depression, or drug addiction issues. So I’m going to highlight on all of these topics.
If you are suffering from anxiety and depression, and I mean true anxiety and depression; It is important that you reach out to whatever resources that are available around you. I say true anxiety and depression because I think just about every teenager goes through the adolescent angst phase; At least I did. Even if that is all that you are going through, speaking with a school counselor could be helpful; I have to assume if it is just angst you likely don’t want to speak to your parents about it.
The resources for somebody under the age of 18 are a little more limited than those of someone of the legal age; you likely only have your parent’s, or parent, a school counselor, or online support groups such as the sub-group I created on my sister Facebook page.
I understand that if you are suffering from depression or anxiety issues it can be frightening to approach your parents with these realities, but it is important that they know. When I was a teenager I also suffered from these afflictions and I never did talk to my parents about it; if you’ve read any of my blog you can see the road that depression and anxiety helped to lead me down, it wasn’t a very happy path.
I just recently at nearly the age of 27 told my parent’s about my depression and anxiety, as well as my drug abuse; And it literally broke their hearts that they didn’t know what I was going through when I was a teenager. A lot of times these things can slip by unseen by our parents; and when my parent’s found out about my struggles with it as a teenager it caused them a lot of distress. Our parent’s have a tendency to blame themselves for what we do, or didn’t do. They can’t help but blame themselves for not seeing the signs, wishing that they would have known so that they could have done things differently; potentially change the path that we end up taking.
Please talk to your parents about it, it could drastically change the life you lead in the future in so many ways; And also potentially save your parent’s a great deal of emotional distress.
I also advised talking to a school counselor; Depending on the school you go to, you might have a free counselor at your disposal, and that can be major. Growing up in the area that I did in the middle of nowhere with a school that had an average class size of 90 students, I unfortunately didn’t have this luxury; Not that I would have utilized it at the time but I wish I could have now if it would have been available. If you go to a school that does have a licensed counselor, use it.
Yet again, I understand that it can be hard to get the words out of your mouth about the way you are feeling; but it is going to have to happen sooner or later, and why not let it be now when you can get free counseling or advice. Trust me, counseling as an adult is not cheap.
Now, I’m at the third reason why you might be viewing my page; Drug addiction. This is a big one and unfortunately I don’t have much to say on this topic because what can I really say, “Drugs are bad!,” As if that would work.
We all know that teenagers are going to experiment and try new things. This is what adolescent pre-adulthood is all about; And unfortunately amongst the things that many teenagers are likely going to try are drugs.
Hopefully, if you are a teenager and reading my Facebook page, you are not addicted to anything yet. Regardless, whether you are just experimenting or are addicted; please leave this Facebook page and come directly to my blog. Start at the bottom and read about my struggles with addiction, depression, and anxiety.
It is not a good story and I want you to know what that path can lead you down. It is painful, and when you become truly addicted to a substance it is hard to reclaim your life from it.
I write this post out of love because I don’t want anybody under the age of 18 to take the same path that I did. Trust me, you don’t want to be in my position at the age of 26; I’m a grown man and will willingly admit that after turning off the water in the shower I’ve stood there and cried for likely 10 minutes straight more than once before getting my shit together and going to work.
To end this post, I’d like to add that if you are a parent and suspect any of these issues are affecting your child sit them down and let them read my actual blog; unfiltered and raw. Show them what neglecting your mental health and drug abuse can do to a person. Maybe, just maybe you could save at least one person in this world from struggling with issues that so many of us currently are dealing with or have in our past.
My love and best wishes to you all always,
A Half Broken Mind