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I moved back home after living abroad for many years and I feel like an outsider.

Question : I moved back home after living abroad for many years and I feel like an outsider. I don't like anything over here. The only people who mattered to me were a few friends and they, too, have moved away. To top it all, due to some misunderstandings, my parents and I don't get along well. Due to everything that is happening, I cry all the time, every night. Please help me!   Teentalker , 17-year-old

Dear Teentalker,

Thank you for reaching out and sharing your concerns.

Moving to India from another country can certainly be challenging; given the differences in cultural norms as well as the mentality of the people thereby leading to culture shock. Here are some phases that people typically go through while dealing with culture shock:

  • Frustration:    Focusing on the difference between the country where you were living and India. All problems start to feel big and unbearable at this stage.
  • Adjustment: Start becoming familiar with the new culture, values and set.....

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