My ‘flipside’ came about in consultation with my parents, by removing myself from the negative situation.
We decided that I had to move out of my family home. I was quite upset about this decision because I felt it was not happening on ‘my terms’ and I still wanted to live with my parents. But we agreed that it may make me feel happier to be out of such a stressful situation, and they helped me find a really nice place to rent which I I moved into with a friend.
Everything improved. I found that living out of home was actually really enjoyable. I stopped feeling unhappy because I was removed from the stressful environment. My marks at university improved. As a bonus, I also found that my relationship with my parents also improved because we started to spend “quality” time together and do meaningful activities because I did not see them as frequently.