• Lately, I've been feeling sad and empty. What should I do?

    I've always been a happy person who thought that life would be simple as long as I kept a smile on my face. However, despite this fact, lately I've been feeling very detached from my friends and family and cry very easily for close to no reason. The best example I could think of to represent this would be during gym class last week, when we... show more
    I've always been a happy person who thought that life would be simple as long as I kept a smile on my face. However, despite this fact, lately I've been feeling very detached from my friends and family and cry very easily for close to no reason. The best example I could think of to represent this would be during gym class last week, when we were playing a game and I was the goalie. My legs kept shaking and I couldn't move, and I just felt the whole burden of the team on my shoulders only. I had a kind team, and one person that was sitting out for that game even encouraged me and gave me some advice on where I should stand. The people on the other team were very athletic and threw the ball very hard, but that was it. Everyone still smiled at me and were kind to me, but I still felt like I owed them so much more even though it was way beyond my ability. When I got into the locker room, I immediately dragged my friend aside and started crying into her chest, and I kept telling people someone hit me with the ball because I didn't know what else to say. That I thought I was stupid? That I was worthless even when everyone else still liked me? My other friend even tried to reassure me and stroked my hair as I cried and told me it wouldn't leave a mark. Why is this happening? Why do I keep doing this to myself? Please help me. I'm sorry if I sound foolish and self-centered or something like that, but I just needed to vent.
    4 answers · Psychology · 1 day ago
  • I think a good friend of mine might have an abusive family. What should I do?

    An amazing friend (I'll call her Mary) has recently told me some information that disturbed me and made me realize that her family might be seriously hurting her. I'm 13 years old, and Mary is the same age and is someone I've known for about two years. She's a very kind person, although I've been realizing lately that she... show more
    An amazing friend (I'll call her Mary) has recently told me some information that disturbed me and made me realize that her family might be seriously hurting her. I'm 13 years old, and Mary is the same age and is someone I've known for about two years. She's a very kind person, although I've been realizing lately that she isn't the happiest. She doesn't smile when she thinks no one is looking and constantly puts her work down when compared to others. An example of this would be just today when we were doing a workbook assignment in class and she talked about how good my written responses were and how awful hers were. This confused me. I started asking her why she was putting herself down, and she shrugged. Later in the conversation, she asked me to sing for her since she brought up the fact that I'd quit chorus earlier that year. I said no and giggled a little bit, and she grinned and sang for me. I told her it was beautiful and she said, "My mom says I sound like a little b****h when I sing." I asked her why that was, and she said she didn't know. She said her mom was never the sweetest lady, and that she lied to her a lot. Apparently, her mother is in her early fifties and had her when she was around forty years old. This caused her many health problems, such as a heart problem and an issue with her joints. She and her sisters cried because of their mother every day and are afraid of being hit. I want to help, but I have no clue what I should do. Any suggestions?
    1 answer · Friends · 2 weeks ago