Help for Myself
For every problem, there is a solution. There are plenty of people and organizations out there ready and willing to help teens just like you. Whether your issue is as basic as friends, family, and school, or something more serious that requires a lot of help, there is always away to solve it. With this article, weíll assist you in finding help for your problem.
Do you ever just feel like you canít be happy? Like youíre not good enough, or you just havenít been yourself. You might be suffering from depression. Depression is actually quite common in children and teens. Even if youíre only depressed for a short amount of time, as some are, consequences often have long-term effects. If youíre depressed, you may have thoughts of suicide, or self-injury. These are also a big problem, with or without the symptoms of depression. If you any of these, these sites and hotlines might be able to help you. Try http://www.hopeline.com, http://www.selfinjury.com, or 800-366-8288.
Eating disorders are a common problem among todayís young people. Some well known ones are anorexia and bulimia. Another type of eating disorder is overeating. This is not a problem commonly associated with eating disorders. If you know might have an eating disorder, there are ways to treat it. The very first thing you need to do is tell someone you trust. Then find an organization that helps teens with your kind of disorder. Try one of these: http://www.altrue.net/site/anadweb, http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/p.asp?WebPage_ID=337, http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/obesity, or call 847-831-3438.
There is a problem young people are facing all over the word. And most teens are actually more unaware of it than they know. Itís the horrifying reality of sexual assault and rape. Other severe problems teenagers are faced with are teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Teens tend to be uninformed about these problems as well. This is because not enough people are comfortable talking about it. These are also problems that are particularly hard to deal with. But believe it or not, there is help out there. So if you want to be informed or if you have a problem like this, check out these sites. Try http://www.ashastd.org, http://www.calcasa.org/120.0.html, or http://www.plannedparenthood.org, or call 1-888-467-8466, 1-800-656-HOPE for free and confidential help. If you have not told someone about your situation, it is crucial that you do A.S.A.P.
There are many other undisclosed problems kids face. Some begin right in the home. It might start with arguments, and escalate to yelling and, unfortunately, abuse. And no matter how severe the fighting, teens always tend to find parental problems particularly stressful on top of all their other issues. And a lot of those kids become part of the thousands of runaways. If you are a runaway or are thinking about it, call National Runaway Switchboard (1-800-231-6946), or National Hotline for Missing & Exploited Children (1-800-843-5678). If you or a family member are suffering from domestic violence, call National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-7233), or go to http://www.ndvh.org, or http://www.childhelp.org.
Teens around the globe feel helpless at one point or another. But no matter how great the problem, there is always a way out. Whether you have a disorder, dietary or mental, or if youíre feeling stressed at home and school, thereís help for you. I hope you are able to find comfort in the fact that thereís someone out there who cares about your needs and wants to help you.