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Advice on talking about mental health problems - May 28th 2010, 12:23 AM

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This may just be because I worry too much, but I think I might have a bipolar disorder. I made another topic about information on it, and the one post said how people over 20 usually get it. I looked at the symptoms and I have almost all of them. That's not the point though.. I want to go get checked, or do whatever you should do when you think that, but my parents would think I'm crazy if I brought it up.. Do you have any suggestions on what I could do? I know for a fact that if I talked to my parents about it, they would not believe me. So I'm quite confused and unsure of what I should do.


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Re: Advice on talking about mental health problems - May 28th 2010, 05:41 AM

Hello!

First of all, I would caution you against seeking advice via the internet. It's easy to look at a list of symptoms and say "Hey, I've got three of those things... I must have such-and-such disorder/illness!" Unfortunately, it's not that simple. A psychologist or psychiatrist would have to run multiple tests and assessments, examining every aspect of your life, before they could come up with a diagnosis.

I would do a bit of research (about mental disorders/illnesses in general, NOT about a specific disorder/illness), then approach your parents about seeking psychological help. For example, studies have shown that anywhere between 10-20% of all adults suffer from some kind of mental disorder/illness at some point in their lives. Studies have also shown that the sooner someone can get help for their mental disorder/illness, the higher their chances are for leading a "normal" life.

A mental disorder/illness is, in some regards, like a physical illness. If you had pneumonia, you wouldn't leave it untreated, would you? Your parents would take you to a family doctor/general practitioner and make sure you received the proper tests/medication. The same thing applies for a mental disorder/illness. If left untreated, your symptoms can worsen, and it may be more difficult to get help later on.

I would recommend going to your family doctor/general practitioner for a referral (make sure it's for a psychologist or psychiatrist that specializes in mood disorders or adolescent psychology). See if your medical insurance covers mental health costs (including medication AND therapy). If you can't afford to see a psychologist or psychiatrist, try visiting a non-profit/low-cost clinic, and find out what services they offer.

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Re: Advice on talking about mental health problems - May 28th 2010, 11:34 AM

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