“Am I the only one that feels like this?”
“Do other people talk to you about this kind of stuff?”
“This is super embarrassing, but…”
“I know this isn’t normal.”
“Literally no one gets it.”
I’ve heard the above statements and questions over, and over, and over in the therapy room, especially when I am working with teenagers. In their world, they’re the only one with this experience, this struggle, this thought, this worry, this insecurity. This perception leads to feelings of isolation, loneliness, low self-esteem, and hopelessness.