‘No one understands me’

My friend had just had a fight with her parents. On her Instagram story, the screen was black, punctuated by just one sentence: “No one understands me.”

Maybe you’ve had moments like this, too—when the feeling of being so alone, so misunderstood, overwhelms you. I had them in high school, and even after high school, when it seemed like the people who were supposed to care the most just didn’t get me. Those moments are painful and can sometimes feel hopeless. As my friend put it when I texted her: “I’ve just given up on trying to make them understand.”

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