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Emotions

Everyone feels and displays emotions, ranging from happiness and excitement right through to anger and fear. We look after our emotional or mental health by having a full and happy life, having family members and friends who we can turn to for support, and being able to deal with the stresses that affect all our lives. Sometimes we can feel angry, anxious or even sad about things. This is perfectly normal for everyone, especially when you are a teenager when life can change very quickly.

Growing up with BBS can be difficult at times and you may have worries about what will happen in the future. It is important that you talk to your family, healthcare team and other professionals about your worries so that they can help you to find ways to cope and help you to live the life that you want.

If you are feeling very unhappy or you feel hopeless or worthless, it may mean that you need some extra help. Your GP, healthcare team or school staff can arrange for you to talk to a counsellor, therapist or psychologist who all have specialist training to be able to help you. Your BBS healthcare team includes a clinical psychologist who will talk with you in clinic about any difficulties you are having and consider what support you might need; you are not alone, help is available.

We feel more emotional, upset and fed up during puberty so we need to do things that make us happy.

Talking to people about how you feel can help you get through stuff.

Talking about my condition with my counsellor at school has really helped me with my thoughts and feelings.