by worthless

How do I handle being emotionally abused at home. I get called ugly and dumb. I never get complimented. It hurts to think they see me this way. I want to commit suicide because it always get worse. I cant take it any more. Please help.

Ben's Reply:

I'm sorry this is happening. Nobody deserves to be put down this way and I understand how hurtful it is. Any parent that says such things to their child has a serious problem. And the problem is in THEM, not you. If you only knew how many kids and teens experience this. And it is verbal abuse, and just as hurtful as physical abuse. Some parents act this way because they drink too much. Some because they are bitter and unhappy themselves. Some have anger management problems or can't handle their own stress. But it is never your fault.

You will not be dependent on your parents forever. Your life is worth far too much to give up before you've even begun to live. There is so much help and support out there if you know where to look.

There are many 24/7 hotlines you can call just to talk to a caring adult - and you don't have to give your real name if you don't want to. It's confidential and safe. Here's one to try:

No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

Never give up on yourself. Life gets better. You just need some support.

Take Care,

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