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Having a parent who has a hard time managing their behaviours, emotions, and drug or alcohol use can mean that you experience a lot of stress and not being able to talk to anyone adds more stress. That's why we exist, to help you feel a little less alone, and a little less stress. 

If you or someone you love is in immediate physical danger, please call the distress centre closest to you, or 911. 
This isn't happening because of you, one day it will be easier. Please push through because I know you can.
She did the best she could with what she had, AND I had a right to be angry and sad and all the things I felt. The trauma from my childhood was affecting everything I did and said, and it didn't have to be that way forever.
Your world can get better, and it won't always be easy, but the positive moments and experiences will be well worth living for, I promise that.

We all have stress, but some of us have a LOT of it, which can make life feel really hard. We feel stress when our body thinks we are in danger, or there is something new around us. 

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Some things that we have seen, heard, or emotionally or physically felt that have made us feel stressed:

Your body's stress response helps you get away from danger!

Your brain has two modes:


Mode 1: I am safe.     Mode 2: I am not safe.


Like a smoke detector that alarms when it detects smoke, the body will alarm by activating the stress response when it detects danger. The brain believes it is in danger when its need for physical or emotional safety isn't met or it is in physical or emotional danger.

Examples of your physical and emotional needs include:

" I wish I knew why I always felt so angry at everyone and everything."

What's a trigger?

A trigger is anything that reminds the body of a past emotional experience.
The body responds physically and emotionally as if it were experiencing the event in the present moment. 
If the original experience put us in emotional or physical danger, the trigger can activate the Stress Response.

Grief is a normal response to the loss of g you loveanythi

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