You are correct. I do get this type of question often but I’m glad that you wrote.
You have described several concerning symptoms including: dropping out of high school, your increased isolation, your belief that your mother can read your mind and that there are cameras inside your home, your desire to self-medicate, your insomnia, your irritability, memory and concentration problems (which may or may not be linked to your insomnia), and “talking to yourself.” Those symptoms should be evaluated by a mental health professional who can determine what might be wrong.
To answer your question directly, yes you should discuss these symptoms with your mother and ask her to make an appointment with a mental health professional. At the appointment, your symptoms will be reviewed, information will be collected about your psychosocial history and a diagnosis can be determined, if appropriate. The evaluator can also make a recommendation for treatment. He or she may suggest medication and counseling. Medication can treat many of your symptoms. Counseling can help you stay focused on reality and help you make decisions that will benefit you.
You made a wise decision to reach out for help. Your next steps should be discussing your symptoms with your mother and requesting an evaluation by a mental health professional.
Finally, most mental health professionals agree that it is extremely important to treat psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia, as soon as possible. The sooner the treatment begins, the better the prognosis. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle