Katie’s Story: How you’re helping kids find self-acceptance

“Living with an anxiety disorder is hard. Living with an anxiety disorder that most people have never heard of is even harder.”

My struggles with skin picking (excoriation disorder or dermatillomania) used to make me feel ashamed and disgusted with myself. I couldn’t stop touching, picking or scratching at my skin, especially when I get stressed or anxious. I felt so uncomfortable that I avoided looking in mirrors. I hated to see myself.

Finding a friend dealing with the same thing was a major turning point for me. She made me feel heard, and understood. While I’m still anxious and pick at my skin occasionally, I’ve come a long way.

Having someone to talk to about what I was experiencing changed my life. That’s why I believe so strongly in the importance of Kids Help Phone: we all deserve to have someone hear us and empathize with our struggles.

Will you make sure young people like me always have someone to talk to? No matter what time of day, there’s always a listening ear available by Live Chat, text or phone. Thank you for easing the pain that no one else sees.

– Katie, National Youth Council member

Your support reminds young people they are not alone and that help is always available!

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