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I’m a ten year old and I have had anxiety for a while now

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I’m a ten year old and I have had anxiety for a while now and it got a more serious I get worked up and sometimes wish I was never born I go to a therapist but nobody understands my parents get mad and I just fake smile everybody acts like I’m being dramatic I don’t know what to do 

Answer

Hello, and welcome to Ask Pat.   

Thank you so much for trusting us with your feelings and thoughts. We know it can be difficult, but we also know how important it is for young people to share their problems. Sharing and talking about what is going on for you is a big step forward.  

You are saying you have had anxiety for a while now and sometimes you wish you were never born. We are concerned to hear how you are feeling. It is understandable that you are feeling like you don’t know what to do right now, it sounds like you have a lot going on for you. You are being really brave by reaching out and seeking help. We know that sometimes it might be difficult to share how we are feeling with those nearest to us, especially when we feel they don’t understand. Often things may seem even tougher when it feels like no one understands what you are experiencing.   

We are sorry you have been feeling this way. You have the right to seek professional help and it is good that you have been going to a therapist for help with your anxiety. This can be a tough thing to do but it is important for your own mental wellbeing that you get the help and support that you deserve. You have the right to support, and to feel safe and be happy.  

There are organisations that may help you and offer you support for your anxiety and feelings, www.yourmentalhealth.ie is one of those. You might like to look at their website to gain information about the supports available to you. The Childline website also has some articles which you may like to look at: www.childline.ie/how-i-feel        

If you feel that you cannot talk to anyone around you just yet, Childline would really love to listen to you. You are welcome to talk to Childline by phone on 1800 66 66 66 or by text to 50101 or through our web chat on www.childline.ie. Childline is here for you anytime and we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The services are free and confidential. We are non-judgemental, and we will not tell you what to do. We can help you explore what options may be available to you.    

Thank you for reaching out to us. We are here to listen, and we are here for you whenever you would like to chat.   

Take care of yourself,   

Pat 

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