I suspect that you are describing an imaginary friend, but I can’t be certain. Only an in-person, thorough mental health evaluation could determine what may be wrong.
You are thinking about telling your parents and I would advise that you do so. They may be able to help. I would also recommend that you consult a mental health professional.
Having an issue that you would like help with does not make you a “wackjob.” Proactively seeking professional help to address a potential problem is prudent and wise. It might prevent the development of additional problems.
Some people erroneously believe that getting counseling or seeking help for their psychological problems means that they are weak. Just the opposite is true. They believe this because of old fashioned ideas about mental illness. They are actually reinforcing outdated stereotypes.
Just as the dentist is educated and trained and the surgeon is educated and trained, so is the therapist educated and trained.
It is certainly not a sign of weakness that you are not innately able to fill a tooth or remove a kidney. Nor is it a sign of weakness that you are not naturally able to understand the dynamics of emotion and cognition. Let the experts, in their fields, handle it.
Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle