Yes, you should seek help. Your symptoms have become progressively worse. You are failing school. You are using drugs to escape your emotional pain. You can’t sleep. You are constantly anxious and have recently begun to experience panic attacks. Generally, panic attacks are sign that someone feels as though their life is out of control. Fearing death and being concerned about the death of those close to you are also indicators of anxiety. All of the aforementioned symptoms are signs that help is needed.
Unfortunately, untreated mental health symptoms have been part of your life for many years. As a teenager, it was probably difficult to voice your concerns, to acquire professional help or to know that you needed help. Now that you are an adult you have the power to positively change the outcome of your life.
Speak to your mother or someone you trust about seeing a mental health professional. Many people begin the process of meeting with a mental health professional by first reporting their symptoms to their primary care physician. Many primary care physicians work closely with local mental health professionals and can provide needed referrals. Psych Central has a convenient feature here in which you can enter your ZIP code and locate a list of mental health professionals in your community. With the proper help, the course of your life can change for the better. Please don’t ignore your symptoms.