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Something Is Wrong But I Don’t Know What

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From a girl in grade 9 in Amsterdam: I have this weird thing where I feel like certain people can see me 24/7. It is really annoying because it stops me from doing things I think they won’t approve of. They only way to prevent it is by doing a weird ritual with my hands. I want to stop but it is hard. I also feel like people can read my mind when they touch me. As a result, I don’t really like touching people. I also have thoughts that are not really mine, they feel like they are forced into my mind. (they are usually either violent or inappropriate) I know all those things about mindreading and the seeing aren’t true, but I will get very nervous and feel weird when I do not do the hand ritual or move away from people.

Something Is Wrong But I Don’t Know What

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What you are describing could be delusional thinking or it could be that you have a very creative and active imagination. I’m sorry I can’t figure it out based on only a letter. If these things are troubling for you, I hope you will ask your parents to take you to talk with a mental health counselor to sort it out. It might give you peace of mind if you understood what is happening. If you do need treatment, the counselor will make recommendations.

I wish you well.
Dr. Marie

Something Is Wrong But I Don’t Know What

Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker

Dr. Marie is licensed as both a psychologist and marriage and family counselor. She specializes in couples and family therapy and parent education. Follow her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Hartwell-Walker, D. (2018). Something Is Wrong But I Don’t Know What. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 18, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2015/05/08/something-is-wrong-but-i-dont-know-what/
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