It’s been weeks since they left the house. Tears soak the sheets. Meals are inedible and tasteless.
Tomorrow looks like another day wallowing in hopelessness and despair.
Their life feels pointless. They struggle to make friends, schoolwork seems too difficult, and they pick fights with classmates. They’re generally angry or upset for reasons they can’t understand.
You know they are unhappy, but every attempt to help them resolve their inner conflict ends with more bursts of anger, pools of tears, and doors slammed in your face. Another child goes to school every day, smiles at peers, raises their hand during lessons, completes all their schoolwork, and plays with friends in the yard at recess.