Whenever people take a psychology course it’s common for them to believe they have one of the mental health disorders that they are studying. They read about the symptoms and sometimes think that they can relate. I cannot provide a diagnosis over the Internet, but schizophrenia seems unlikely. Depression and anxiety are more likely possibilities but you would need to consult a mental health professional, in person, to know if a disorder is present.
What’s most concerning is the “switch” you have described. Something changed. If I were your counselor, I would want to know more about this “switch.” What preceded it? Did it coincide with a life change? Is there anything that stands out as being significant that could’ve led to this change? Thinking about these questions might help you understand why you feel the way you do.
Even if you never uncover the origin of the “switch,” it’s important to address your symptoms in counseling. I would encourage you to tell your parents about your concerns. Be honest and forthcoming. Ask for their assistance in finding a counselor.
Too few people realize that the vast majority of mental health problems are treatable. The key to overcoming mental health problems is being willing to ask for help and being open to accepting that help. That’s how positive growth and change occurs. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle