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Is this a mental disorder? - January 15th 2013, 10:03 PM

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I've been concerned lately for my mental Health.
This happened the first time when I was doing self-harm about 6 months ago, and it's starting to happen now.
When I get depressed, I'm very manic depressive-one minute being happy and full of energy, the next crying in the corner, but mine currently(since it's in the early stages)it's triggered. Well, this thing doesn't bother me when I'm happy, but when I'm sad, it's complete hell.
There's this thing in my head, it urges me to hurt myself,and when I do, I can her it laughing.
It's not like a voice, it's like when your thinking to yourself, what that's like. But, they aren't my thoughts. I don't want to do this to myself, but this thing makes it so easy to do.
I seriously think I may have a personality disorder. Because after I hurt myself, I start acting different. I act more seductive and sinister. Rubbing my skin in odd ways, just act in a way that scares me once it goes away.
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Re: Is this a mental disorder? - January 16th 2013, 12:12 AM

No one on TeenHelp can diagnose you; however, it does sound like there are a few things worth addressing. The self-harm certainly isn't a healthy coping mechanism, and it sounds like the emotional ups-and-downs you're experiencing are more than "just hormones." It may be in your best interests to seek professional help. Together, you and a therapist/psychologist/other psychological professional can explore all of these different issues, and determine what needs to be done in order to turn things around.

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Re: Is this a mental disorder? - January 16th 2013, 02:35 AM

Well Ashley, no psychiatrist is going to diagnose anybody under 18 with a personality disorder, since the personality is *technically* still developing before then.

As Robin said, the fact you're getting depressed and self-harming is more than just hormones, but it's probably not as "severe" as you think (i.e. Depression is a lot easier to treat and manage than a personality disorder). So honestly, talking to a doctor about this would probably be your best bet. If it's Depression, they can usually diagnose it in their office. If they speculate something further, they would know where to refer you to. I'd say it's worth a shot.

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