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Getting help... - August 11th 2013, 04:17 AM

I've recently been going through a lot of problems at school and work - I recently failed a course and owe the school five-hundred dollars. If I do not pay my school back, then I will be dropped from all of my courses when I go back this fall. I've tried getting loans, that didn't help, I've tried asking family members, and they're as broke as I am.

I have turned to self harm, and I have recently told my counselor about my problem - the cuts aren't very deep as I'm afraid of blood, but for my very first occurrence I have 10 shallow cuts. I was wondering whether or not the counselor can admit me to the mental institution against my will? I am 21 years old and therefore not a minor.
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Re: Getting help... - August 11th 2013, 05:16 AM

Hey there,

I don't think your counselor can admit you against your will for self harm. I know that once I asked my guidance counselor about inpatient since I am a minor, and she said usually they wouldn't be able to force me in there for self harm alone unless it's REALLY severe. But, if inpatient and confidentiality are something you are worried about, you can always speak to your counselor about it. I don't think they will force you into the hospital without your consent, though.

It's really great that you have been telling your counselor about your problem! I think you should continue to be as honest as possible with your counselor, because that is how you will get the most help for this. If you are honest, they are able to really base their treatment around your needs, and it can feel a whole heck of a lot better to get everything out. If you are struggling between appointments, you can also ask friends and family for advice.

Here is a list of alternatives you can use for self harm. These are healthier, safer ways to cope, because cutting, shallow or not, is not a healthy way to cope.

I know it's hard now but things will sort out.


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Re: Getting help... - August 11th 2013, 06:35 AM

Hey there!

I'm really sorry that this is happening to you. Because of the fact that you are over eighteen, they cannot hold you against your will. I think it's great that you're reaching out! That's definitely a step in the right direction. One mistake I made was not being honest, therefore I didn't get the help I needed. It might be hard, but try to be honest.

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Re: Getting help... - August 13th 2013, 04:31 AM

I went to her today and she didn't admit me, but she thinks that I may have some psychosis :/ we'll see how this works out.

Anyways, thanks for the feedback! I was really worried.
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