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Am I okay? Should I see someone? - January 18th 2010, 02:24 AM

I'm not asking you to diagnose me, just to give your opinions about whether or not I should go and get properly assessed by a professional. Here's some things about me that are worrying:

~ I feel mildly anxious most of the time, especially in social situations
~ I avoid social interaction with unfamiliar people as much as possible, generally, although
~ I also go through phases of wanting new friends, so I'm very friendly sometimes
~ I self harm (cutting, mostly, although sometimes I try and make myself throw up, or OD a bit, or see how long I can go without eating)
~ I have suicidal thoughts, and have even started making a 'plan'
~ Most of the time I have very low self-esteem
~ I am almost constantly seeking reassurance from others
~ I have trouble making decisions
~ I go through phases of being very motivated, which are usually followed by sudden apathy
~ I tend to get infatuated with people, and when somebody likes me, I find it hard to understand why
~ Recently I've started telling lies to my friends (not big ones, mind), and I've enjoyed it
~ I tend to emotionally blackmail people
~ The other day I was shopping, and had very strong urges to shoplift (not because I didn't have money - I did - I just wanted to steal for the sake of it)
~ I've never really been in a relationship, but I'm getting to the point where, if I felt I was confident enough, I would probably accept want to screw anyone who asked me
~ I alternate between loving people and hating people
~ I used to have fairly strong opinions, but now I'm questioning everything
~ I'm also questioning my sexuality/sexual orientation
~ I sometimes suffer from depersonalisation and/or derealisation
~ My emotions (in particular, anger and sadness) seem sometimes to be too intense for a situation
~ I feel 'empty' most of the time
~ I tend to think everybody has ulterior motives
~ I've always had a feeling that I was bottling things inside, and one day it would explode, and I'd 'crack'
~ I have fantasies about kidnapping/hurting people

So what do you think?


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Re: Am I okay? Should I see someone? - January 18th 2010, 02:33 AM

Well im sure you know that something isn't right because otherwise you wouldn't have posted! It wouldn't hurt to go see a professional, if you are worried at any time about your health, just go get it checked out!
   
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Re: Am I okay? Should I see someone? - January 18th 2010, 03:55 AM

I strongly suggest seeing someone as soon you can get an appointment that suits.
From what you've said I can see a few things that might lead to diagnosis of a couple of things, but I'm not a mental health professional so I can't diagnose you, and you've asked us not to. Although, I notice though is the recurrence of anxiety and social anxiety in the list, that alone is worth going to see a mental health professional about. These things can't be left unchecked, they can get worse fairly quickly and without warning, which is quite a risk.
It will be worth seeing a professional, it's the most effective help available to you, in your position I'd get an appointment in a heartbeat.


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Re: Am I okay? Should I see someone? - January 18th 2010, 08:19 PM

I'd say go and get yourself checked out, No one on here can assess you properly, but there are a few things that really stand out.
Clearly your worried, or you wouldnt have posted... go and get yourself checked... better to know than to sit guessing!



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Re: Am I okay? Should I see someone? - January 19th 2010, 08:44 AM

Thanks guys. I suppose you're right. It's just... I've been to one psych session, and she said I wasn't depressed but might possibly have anxiety issues... anyway, I really didn't find that session a positive experience, and after the drama with my mum about seeing the psych again, I'd feel kind of stupid asking her (my mum) to take me to see anybody else.


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Re: Am I okay? Should I see someone? - January 19th 2010, 06:19 PM

Hey there,

I think that you should definitely consider seeking out professional help. I know it can be scary but at the same time it might help. I see that you had a bad experience with an earlier professional and to be honest that can happen quite a bit. Sometimes people in the mental health field are not that great at what they do and that ends up leading a person who needs/wants help to not getting what they need. The best advice I can give is to pick yourself up and try again.

I know it might be hard to ask your mom to let you try it out again but if you explained your concerns and fears, basically let her know how you are really feeling she might be just as concerned as you are.

If you go back to a professional I would suggest printing out the list you put up here and just give it to them. Tell them these are the things I am struggling with. It might help them to better understand the things you are going through and it might help them to better diagnose you.

Please hang in there and if you need anything do not hesitate to pm me.

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