One thing that can be really tough when you have a mental illness is feeling like you are less than. Especially when seeing stuff on facebook, twitter, instagram,
and the like. It can be hard to feel like you’ve made any progress toward a healthier you when it seems like everyone you see is on vacation, or cooking like a pro, or having a blast with all their friends. These things also affect adolescents, and perhaps even more so because this is the world they are emerging into rather than coming from it as an adult.
One thing to keep in mind is that you can only compare your progress and your health to yourself. Your story and process are unique to you and it’s important to be mindful that most people are putting things that make them look good on social media.
What are some ways that you cope with the idea of the “perfect” image? What helps you remember that everyone is human, and everyone struggles? What makes you feel less alone? How can you support your adolescent in this?