Next week, my 13-year-old sister is going to her first therapy/counseling session to see if she likes it. She was screened last week. I think the evaluator said that my sister might have mild depression. My mom's goal in sending my sister to therapy is to help her gain more social skills, deal with anxiety (she gets anxious about school, social situations, and is very anxious in crowds), and to gain more self-confidence.
My sister isn't a very, for a lack of a better word, sad person. She's pretty content most of the time, but when she gets into a bad place, it's hard to get her out of it. Like if she gets anxious/panicked, it'll be hard for her to regain control of her emotions. Also, she's very negative toward herself (e.g. she will say, "I suck," "I'm not good at anything," "I can't do this," "I'm awkward," etc.). I always try to give her positive affirmations to remind her that she is really a wonderful person. Because she is! She is a sweet, smart, silly, beautiful person!
I've dealt with anxiety, low self-esteem, and mild depression too, but they didn't manifest themselves until high school and college. So I just...I really feel for my sister. I don't want her to feel these negative, hurtful things, you know? I want her to be proud and accepting of herself. She is honestly such a great person, and I love her so, so, so much. It makes me sad to think about her going to therapy, but at the same time, this is normal! What's sadder is that she is experiencing these feelings and these potential disorders, but they can be managed with therapy, yay! This happens, and I'm so happy my mom and her are taking initiative to really get the assistance that my sister really needs.
Do any of you have children, brothers/sisters, nieces/nephews, family friends, who started therapy for similar things (depression, anxiety, self-esteem) at a young age? Or did you yourself go through counseling as young child/teenager? Can you share any of your personal stories?