After seeing other people’s stories, I want to share my own about my struggled with self-esteem and body image. I am male, 16 now, but this started when I was 13-14. I am a naturally skinny person, but I hated looking at my body and face. I hated everything about me and my life. I also have autism, so I hated myself for the way my brain worked asking myself things like “why can’t I be normal why did I have to be born like this.” It impacted my life greatly to the point where I tried to take my own life at one point because I felt like I had nothing to live for and that I was a waste of life. But I was able to find the help I needed and I am doing a lot better now and have accomplished more than I would ever think I could. If you are struggling with anything or need somebody to talk to, don’t be afraid to open up because you are not alone.

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