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Well, I didn’t consider it mental health; I just thought I had a short temper. I was like 3 years old when I got into my first fight and I tried to stab a kid in the neck with a pen. I’ve been in and out of Anger Management since 3 years old.
I was 16. That’s when I first went in the hospital in Hartford. I was there for like my whole summer learning ways to control my anger. At that time I was still having issues with my family. I thought it was better but then I went to the hospital, and that just made me feel worse. But then after a while I started to realize it was worth it. I was in Waterford Country School, a residential school; they taught me different ways of controlling my anger.
What got me really to realize it was when I was homeless. That really got me to notice that I really need the help, and when me and my girlfriend broke up, that really…’cause she’s the one who told me that I have a bad temper and stuff like that, and I need to learn how to control it. I never listened to her until I lost her, and that’s when I was like “yeah, I really need the help.”
Back then I didn’t think anything of it, but then I started noticing what triggers my anger and all that. I can’t talk to my family about it because nobody in my family would understand. And nobody in my family takes me seriously. . So instead I always wrote everything down as poetry. Poetry and staying out of the house, finding ways to keep busy going to my neighbor’s house and watching TV with them; all those things really helped.
Back then I didn’t think anything of it, but then I started noticing what triggers my anger and all that.
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