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Can’t Figure Myself Out

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First, I always feel like someone is watching me I have felt like that as long as I can remember. I have no self-esteem, I see myself as worthless, ugly, fat, and disgusting. I hear voices in my head, telling me these things. I used to cut myself, I cry a lot. I have tried to kill myself, and I think about killing myself more than I should. I have a negative attitude (of course) and I am always irritable and angry over nothing. Sometimes I get extremely happy, and eventually crash. Could you please suggest what might be wrong with me?

Can’t Figure Myself Out

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The collection of symptoms you’ve described sounds very difficult to cope with and very uncomfortable. I am very glad you took the time to write us here. Let’s just say for now, without a label, that the symptoms are what is wrong and try to work from there.

As a senior in high school I would do two things: First, I would talk to the school guidance counselor about these symptoms and let them know that you have been struggling with them for a while. Second, I would tell you parents and ask them to set up a meeting with a therapist, or your primary care physician if that is easier. In either situation tell the therapist or physician the symptoms and how long you have been having them.

Since these indications are ongoing, the professionals can ask you questions and more accurately help decide what the best route is for making you feel better.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Can’t Figure Myself Out

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: http://www.dare2behappy.com/. He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Can’t Figure Myself Out. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 25, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2012/10/13/cant-figure-myself-out/
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