I'm new here.. Any advice?
I am a fairly new step-parent to my partner's little girl (almost 2 years) I'm struggling due to my mental health condition, constant fatigue and abusive upbringing. I often feel like I can't carry on and that I'm undeserving of being a parent figure. I also, on the other hand feel unhappy that I'm not a biological parent and feel I have nothing of my own and I struggle daily to 'find my place' I then feel like I'm being overly-emotional and selfish and then guilt arrives soon afterwards. She's only 5. Why am I feeling this way? Why do I feel like I'm making this harder than it really is? I am a social care assessor and focus on everyone's needs constantly including my Partner's and his Daughter's. I neglect my own needs and have done increasingly over the past two years as this little girls learning and development have required more guidance and attention. I now feel I'm losing my identity and find myself having regular existential moments. Am I alone in my feelings? Any advice gratefully received.