DEAR DEIDRE: I DREAM of a different life with a career, partner and kids but instead I live a miserable, lonely existence that is going nowhere.
I will be 32 in a few weeks and I am stuck in a dead-end job I hate. I think I have been depressed since I was a boy.
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My dad was the age of my friends’ grandads. My mum was never there for me, often out with her various lovers or working in pubs.
I was lonely and bullied at school. If I told my mum she told me to stay away so my education suffered. I have no qualifications whatsoever.
I am also gay and have only had meaningless sexual encounters.
I am a private person but am starting to wonder if it is worth talking to a therapist.
DEIDRE SAYS: You are still a young man, don’t lose sight of your dreams.
Early experiences and role models shape us and it is still possible to build self-esteem as an adult.
My e-leaflet on Raising Self Esteem will help. Talking to a therapist will be very helpful to help you change.
Contact the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (bacp.co.uk, 01455 883 300).
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