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Dear Abby: I am a 12-year-old girl who is happy, healthy and doing great in school. But lately I have felt sad, lonely and just plain frustrated. I used to talk to my parents about it, but I don’t feel comfortable doing it anymore, and my friends don’t like listening to me.

I have tried hard to push back these feelings, but it is putting a strain on me. Sometimes I break down crying and can’t stop. Most people think it’s just my age, but it’s not. It’s more than that. I want to talk to a psychologist, but I’m scared to ask for one. What do you think?

– So Mixed Up

Dear So Mixed Up: Admitting you need professional help with a problem isn’t something to be scared of. It is a sign of maturity. Your mood swings may be caused by the hormonal changes going on in your body as you are becoming a woman. However, because they are of concern to you, it is important that you let your parents and your pediatrician or a counselor at school know how you are feeling. It’s the surest way to get the reassurance and, if necessary, the counseling you think you need.

Start saving for funeral

Dear Abby: I am 75, and when I pass on I would like the undertaker to remove my six gold caps from my teeth. Then my wife can sell them to pay for my funeral. I think this will work out well. What is your take on this?

– Ed in Florida

Dear Ed: As I started researching “dental gold,” I realized that while there are companies that buy it, the price your wife would get will depend upon the weight of the gold – most of which is 16-karat – and the current market value of the metal. Because of the nosedive that gold has experienced lately, I’m advising you to start saving up for your funeral NOW and to live long and prosper. My experts have informed me that most funeral homes are unwilling to remove fillings, caps, etc.

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