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Are All My Problems in My Head?

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So I really just want answers and I don’t know where to go; I’m 17 and self-harm. This entire summer I was pretty much depressed because of a breakup that happened in January; it was sometime in June I started. I don’t cut deep and they go away after about a week, so I don’t feel it’s a real problem or issue. I only cut now late at night when negative emotions trigger from random thoughts. No one knows I do this and I would be devastated if anyone ever found out. I feel I can handle this on my own, but should I seek help or talk to someone? I’m not particularly close to anyone though, and I especially don’t want to tell my family…

Are All My Problems in My Head?

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Thank you for writing. I think the fact that you have the question gives us the answer. It is bothering you that you do this and this is something that is best helped by you talking with others. Since you are still in high school I would talk to your guidance counselor there. He or she will help you sort this through. Any time you are doing something to hurt yourself and feel you have to keep it a secret it is time to talk to someone about what is going on.

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

Are All My Problems in My Head?

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: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Are All My Problems in My Head?. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 21, 2019, from
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