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    I love my mom, but she has caused me to think about suicide and self harming a numerous amount of times. This is because of the times, well I don’t know if it’d count as neglect, let’s say she ignored me. She refused to feed me, speak to me, or care for my needs. It’s usually cause I didn’t study enough, did something wrong, or I forgot to do something she wanted me to do (chores). In the past, she has told me I’m “fat” and “stupid”. It may not seem that harmful, but it builds up over the years. She’s told me to kill myself numerous times, told me she hates me, and “how can I be her daughter”, constantly comparing me to my sister who is in medical school (keep in mind I’m just a freshman in high school), constantly belittles me, etc. I honestly just feel empty inside, and never happy inside my house. I don’t know if other families do this honestly. And when my mom found out I was searching up abuse websites. She said (roughly),” How dare you call the police on your mother [I wasn’t planning on to]! You should be ashamed! I’m not going to care for you anymore.” I was searching up those websites to see if I qualified as an abuse victim, but the things she said to me after she found out makes me think I’m not. Am I just overreacting?

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    Hello,

    You mentioned some things that raise concern for your safety and well-being. If any harm or abuse is happening at home, you have the right to report it. We are not experts on the issue, but generally once it's been reported, social services will either decide whether or not to take the case and further investigate. If they do take the case, they will send out someone from child protective services to do an investigation (interviewing people in the household) and from there they will decide the level of danger within the household. It generally ranges from no danger (the youth stays in the home, some services are given, and the case is closed), moderate danger (they will provide family services with possible temporary displacement) and high danger (they will remove the youth from the home and offer certain services). It also sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now. It sounds like you’re fearing that the situation may end in suicide if things don’t change. Your safety and well-being is important. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255); www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org is also a great resource to reach out to in addition to our crisis services.

    If you feel like this is an option you want to explore, you may find this website helpful: https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse/. We can also help you to file a report if that’s the route you are considering.
    Please be safe and reach out soon by phone or chat so that we may help.
    Take care, NRS
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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