My brother’s alcohol problems made me depressed
After a while he started coming home drunk and destroying the house by smashing things and even throwing the TV through the window. We would have to get up and leave our house in the middle of the night so we didn’t get hurt!
My mum tried her best for us not to get involved but it was hard not to when he is your sibling. We finally got him to go to rehab where he stayed there for a month to get on the right track.
Bottling things up
For me it was the toughest time ever!! At first I kept EVERYTHING bottled-up and hated even telling people I was related to him. It was to-date the worst time of my life but also an educational one. When my mum started noticing that I was getting frustrated, she kept asking me what was wrong which actually made it worse. I would go down to my room, grab a blanket and sit in a corner crying. At one stage I slept in my shed in the snow because I didn’t want to be around anyone.
After my brother came out of rehab, I had seen how much he had changed. It was weird at first but I soon got used to it. From seeing this I realised that I also had a problem! I was depressed and stressed and to top it off had exams, all at the same time.
I signed myself up to my school counsellor because I prefer talking to a stranger than I do talking to someone I know. As soon as I started talking I burst into tears in front of her. It was the best thing I have ever done in my life because from just telling one person about what I had been through helped me get through it better.
So the best way I deal with stressful times now is to talk to my counsellor because she gives you great advice and also tips to get rid of stress in case she isn’t around. Plus she is easily trusted and anything you say to her is confidential.