Backed Against a Wall

by Sara
(Rhode Island)


About two years I was adopted. When I was 6 I was raped, and ever since then I have been an entirely different person. My biological parents both had Bipolar and I'm almost positive I have it, but don't know how to approach the subject with my adoptive parents. They think I am just overreacting, like any teen does, but I know that it is much more than that. I go from being EXTREMELY happy and loving life to hating it and not wanting to live.

I also don't really sleep regularly, forget a lot of things, constantly put myself in stressful situations, and completely blank out/stress out to the point I am not able to continue. I don't know what to do because I know that I need help .


Firstly I want you to know that what happened to you when you were six was not your fault. You didn't do anything to cause that to happen.

Many people who have experienced a trauma have post traumatic stress disorder, and the symptoms you are describing could also be accounted for by that. I cant make a diagnosis of course, because I don't have enough information and you are not my client. It is certainly also possible that you do have bipolar disorder.

Your feeling that something is not right is something that you need to pay attention to. You have been through a tremendous amount of stress just by virtue of the fact that you were adopted, and I assume you lived with your bioparents for a while or were in foster care system which is stressful and scary and doesn't provide you with the sense of safety or stability you need.

The most important thing to me is that you get help. Please tell you parents that you are feeling at times like you do not want to live. This is very serious and I want you to tell someone close when you have these feelings.

Tell your mom and dad that you want to see a school counselor or a therapist. This person can help you to figure out what it is that you are struggling from and how to get you help so you don't feel this way any longer.

Medical information obtained from this website is not intended as a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you have a problem, you should consult a health care provider. If you have a mental health emergency dial 911.

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