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    Hiya,
    I understand how you are feeling, you may be feeling down, depressed, anxious or something similar so here’s my advice that has helped me to live better.

    I’m currently 18 about to sit the most important exams of my life (A levels) which have a significant impact upon my future choices. The stress is intense and I’m feeling throughly bogged down by having to cram 2 years worth of information into my tiny brain capacity.
    Sounds hard doesn’t it..

    I’ve been suffering with anxiety and depression since I was 11. On top of that I have autism meaning life is even harder, but imagine moving to 8 different schools just because kids don’t except you for who you are.
    Being moved around so much meant that I felt that I didn’t belong in this world, I felt depressed that nobody wanted to get to know the real me. I was falling into a deeper pit of despair as I got older.
    I became suicidal and started to hallucinate dark thoughts. But even at my lowest moment in life I was given a glimmer of hope. It was the determination of my friends and family that pulled me out of my worst moments in life.

    Even now as I write this I have a daily battle with my inner demons. But with the continued guidance of my family & friends but also specialists who have helped me fight these demons my mental health compared to 7 years ago has significantly improved.

    It hard to understand what these emotions are and how to cope with them but here’s a few things that really helped me out my darkest days.

    First things first is to not push your family or friends away, spend as much time as possible with them, tell how you are feeling don’t keep it to yourself. Listen to their advice even if you may not agree (trust me my old fashioned but dear grandmother came up with some funny weird ideas).
    You will see that having someone to talk to can really lift your spirits up and pull you out of the darkness

    Secondly you can find helpful advice on several websites which I will leave the links to (https://youngminds.org.uk/) (https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/me...lp-and-support) (https://www.mind.org.uk/information-.../#.WoTbTXCnyEc). These were suggested by friends, family and specialists which I found incredibly useful in understanding how I was feeling and what I could do to help my self.

    Another point is to not to give into these emotions, find things you love doing (I enjoy making up silly dances to my favourite songs). Also going outside being in the fresh air and enjoying the world around you really helps. Getting friends or family to do it with you is even better.

    I hope this helps you with understanding how you are feeling.
    Any questions feel free to contact me.
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    I love people like you who are brave enough to share their experiences, I’m replying because you deserve to be replied to. I have a strange battle with my feelings myself, and struggle to communicate them. But I often find posting something on here makes a huge difference and makes me feel lighter inside. Another great app is For Me. It’s run by child line and there are loads of forums targeted on specific things, as well as chat rooms one to one with a counsellor. It’s great! Hope others can join us in sharing our stories
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