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I Need to See a Psychiatrist

By Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW

I think I need to see a psychiatrist but I can’t bring it up to my mom. In the past she said I needed to see one but didn’t do anything about it. I wanna bring it up but I don’t want it to be awkward or anything because she after I ask her she’ll start stress about it. I was suppose to see one last year in May but she never took me. The reason why I need to see one is because since I was little I’ve had meltdowns where ill break furniture and try to harm myself in any form. Now that I’ve grew up I still have them but they are kind of different I still damage things but now I try to commit suicide, skip school, run away, and sometimes have physical fights with family members. Whenever this happens it usually last for 12 hours to a day. The last time something happened was 3 weeks ago. That is why I want to see a psychiatrist before something bad really happens.

A. I would agree with your assessment of needing to consult a mental health professional. It would be highly beneficial for you to be evaluated, so as to determine what is wrong. It’s especially concerning that your symptoms are steadily worsening. They are now elevated to the point where you have attempted suicide and are engaging in violence toward family members. These are serious concerns that require professional intervention.

You are hesitant to ask for help because you’re worried about the awkwardness and stress that your mother may feel. You being in treatment may decrease her stress levels because she would know that you are being helped. Attempting suicide and attacking family members is highly stressful to everyone in the family. Thus, seeking treatment might significantly decrease your mother’s stress levels because she would know that the problem is finally being addressed.

You should immediately talk to your mother about seeking professional treatment. Do not worry about her stress levels and recognize that the longer your symptoms remain out of control, the higher the stress levels will be for everyone in the family. I hope that you will make the wise choice and seek help immediately. If you cannot control your behavior and you’re at risk of hurting yourself or others, then go to the emergency room. The doctors can keep you safe. Please take care.

Dr. Kristina Randle

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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 8 Feb 2014

APA Reference
Randle, K. (2014). I Need to See a Psychiatrist. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 23, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2014/02/08/i-need-to-see-a-psychiatrist/