Every visit ended with an emotional breakdown for me, so much so that my father would beg, “No crying!
You’re killing me.” I would cling to his shirt anyway, sobbing and breathing in his special smell, overcome with the feeling that my heart—my world—was being torn in two.
But, overall, growing up in a father-absent home is a major risk factor for depression in teen girls, while having an involved father is linked to fewer psychological problems.
My father’s absence left a huge void in my heart, and I went searching for something to fill it, especially when it came to dating.
I adored everything about him, even how he smelled (like pine trees and lemons).
As a teen and young adult, I struggled with body image issues, insecurity, and depression.
Today, I am still learning how to deal with stress in a healthy way.
Educate yourself about the impact of not having that quality father-daughter relationship.
“Once you recognize the way you’ve tried to fill those needs, you can be more aware of where you are at risk,” she says.02. “But that doesn’t mean you are programmed to act on them.” For instance, you may notice you are drawn to unavailable men, but you can resist the temptation to become involved with this kind of man once you recognize this tendency.03.