I suffered emotional, verbal, and physical abuse by my parents. I went away to high school and am now going through the aftermath. I have terrible mood swings, can’t maintain a normal social life, and find it hard to keep up with school work. I want to use these years to recover to some extent so I’ll be able to function when I need to support myself, but I don’t know what to do. Right now my coping strategy is to distract myself, but that won’t do anything in the long run and it gets harder to maintain as time goes on. I posted this on a forum but haven’t received any answers. Any suggestions that I can do without involving my parents?
Talk to a school counselor, or see if you can find some domestic abuse help (most of their services are free and confidential.)
If you can, see a professional psychiatrist. They may be able to give you something to treat or reduce panicking, something that could reduce anxiety, and/or something for mood swings. You might not need this prescription for life, but it might help you get back on your feet.
Short-term, arguably effective methods involve breathing techniques, showers, tea, exercise, hobbies, and regular sleep. These are the typical "taking care of yourself" things that even if they don't solve the problem, aren't bad practices. (Oh no, you wasted $3 on tea and took an extra shower today.)
I'm sorry you've had to endure what you have. I hope things look up for you.