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Do I Have a Problem Worth Addressing?

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From a teen in the UK: I’m in my last year of school, and I know its normal to feel stressed but I’m not sure if what i’m feeling is normal. I also have a history of self harm and feeling down for no reason and not being able to control it. I stopped self harming a few months ago and starting feeling really good, but I’ve started to feel unable to relax, always thinking about work, and I’ve started getting chest pains, and a worried feeling constantly. I’ve started having breakdowns and panic attacks and i’m unable to take my mind off my problems. I’ll get stressed over work even when i’ve done everything i needed to do, and I’ve started feeling down and crying for no reason. My hands get shaky, and I constantly feel tense and on edge. Is this normal for my last year of school, or do I have another problem worth addressing??

Do I Have a Problem Worth Addressing?

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It’s absolutely normal to feel stressed about finishing school and launching into adult life. It is not normal to be so stressed about it that you have chest pains, breakdowns and panic attacks. Since you have a history of self-harm, I’m especially worried about you. I think it would be advisable for you to find a counselor to give you some support and coaching as you go through this challenging transition of life. You deserve to be able to celebrate finishing school instead of suffering through it.

I wish you well.
Dr. Marie

Do I Have a Problem Worth Addressing?

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). Do I Have a Problem Worth Addressing?. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 19, 2019, from
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