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What Should I Do? - December 17th 2012, 07:46 PM

Ever since I have started self harming about 5 years ago I have had trouble controlling my emotions. I can be the happiest person on the earth and there will be no problems I can do anything when I知 in a good mood and happy but when I知 upset or in a depressive mood everything is aggravating and everything and anything will make me worse or upset me and I feel like I have no control over it and I cant help myself.

When I知 on my period its like all hell breaks lose I値l get so depressed that I cant get out of bed. Even when I知 not on my period there will be days like that I frustrate myself when I get upset for no reason, I will also have days when I feel really ill there will be nothing wrong with me but I will feel really ill which makes me feel pathetic and silly.

Is there it something I should go to the doctor for or should I just get on with it?


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Re: What Should I Do? - December 18th 2012, 07:15 AM

Totally go to a doctor.

A couple of reasons:
Hormones mess with emotions, big time. If you're also having trouble with periods (aside from PMS ruining your life), there may be something gynaecological that needs looking into. Also, if hormones are a major issue, you can be prescribed certain birth controls that lessen this, from what I have heard.

Second reason - self harm, whilst not a disorder in and of itself, is often inidicative of underlying mental illness. The sooner you see somebody and tell them what's going on, the sooner they can start keeping track, and the sooner they can give you whatever help you may need, be it counseling, therapy, or some sort of medication.

Also, you may find just telling someone professional will help you feel better. They do say a problem shared is a problem halved, and most of the time this is true - we feel better when we aren't bearing a burden alone.

I don't know how old you are, but I'm going to assume under 18. This means you might need to have a brief chat to your doctor about their confidentiality rules. The general rule is that as long as you are not in danger and are not putting others in danger, your confidentiality will be maintained. If you have a family who you trust who are already somewhat aware of what is happening this will be less of an issue for you. Some doctors consider current self-harm (no matter how major/minor) to be something that needs parents/guardians notified of, others are less stringent - I had a counselor for a while who said as long as I wasn't trying to kill myself or actively planning, she would not have to tell my family about my SH. But if varies from doctor to doctor.

Anyway, yes, see a doctor, and good luck with that.
   
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