Even if you are great at dealing with problems, there may be times when stress feels like it is getting to you. You are not alone. This does not mean you are crazy or a failure. Strong people turn to others for support when they have too much to handle. It’s okay to turn to wise friends for advice, but it is also important to turn to your parents or another adult to help you. Consider reaching out to your health care provider or school counselor. Nobody will solve your problems; they might just help you figure out how to better deal with them.
You deserve to feel good.
The following signs suggest that you should seek some extra guidance:
From Ginsburg KR, Jablow MM. Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings. 2nd ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2011
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