Victim of Peer Aggression
by Brittany Herring
I Can, You Can. Don't give up!
Victims of bullying suffer from severe emotional imbalance, social insecurity, depression and more. I did. But surely the life does not end there.
A few years back I wrote a blog on this wonderful website about the troubles I personally had with being a victim of peer aggression, and even with my depression. Since that post, life has been a roller coaster.
Unlike many teenagers, whom disturbed peer relationships turn towards deviant behaviour and often to the point of no return, my story is different. With dedication and hard work, I thankfully got my bearings right.
Horrible times teach important lessons for life
Through all the heart ache, baggage, and bullies, I learned that the lessons become more pronounced. The amount of lessons I've learned in my late teen years is more than most learn in their life. Man, I am living. Without all of those horrible times, I wouldn't be open minded, caring or even who I am today.
So, what happened after my blog, “Bullies, Baggage, and Heart Ache”?
Well, I continued with online education, and graduated high school one year earlier than I would have at school with live classes! I am now enrolled in a community college close by, and have recently completed my first year at college! I am doing pre-nursing course. It is very exciting!
Where to go from here?
I have only one more year left to complete the prerequisites for nursing course. Soon I hope to start applying for the competitive nursing programs. My goal is to become a registered nurse in the emergency room.
Did my depression go?
No, depression just did not leave me. It stayed with me for a long time, and quite honestly is still with me today. As scary as it may sound, my depression spiralled out of control at one point of time.
It was about four months ago in February when my depression turned so bad that it got my Mom very worried. She told me that I should seek therapy, and maybe also antidepressant medications if so advised. She added, "never hesitate to seek professional help in time of need". So I did, Mom knows the best.
Now at 19, I am healthy and happy with a positive attitude. Though I’m still trying to figure out where to go from here, go I will and fulfil my ambitions in life.
I can do it, so can You.
Just don't give up.
Nevertheless, we need to learn to deal with peers. Peers are everywhere. We need to know why they do what they do. We cannot avoid them. We have to join them, so it is best to have a peek at peers' psyche.
Much love as always,
Brittany Herring (Washington)