You are doing the right thing if you ask for help. It is a mistake to wait. The wait is over if you decide it is. It is time to ask for help.
Be honest with your parents about what’s wrong. They need to know the truth so that they can assist you with finding the right type of treatment. You can also tell them that you have consulted a licensed professional at Psych Central who has recommended the consideration of mental health treatment. Your parents should also know that your symptoms are highly treatable with counseling and medication.
Your parents might feel bad about your having had suffered for years but it will not “tear them apart.” They only want you to be healthy and happy. They will be happy to know that with some intervention you will be once again be the healthy, happy daughter that they want you to be. They love you and won’t like the idea of your suffering now or for the past few years but imagine how much worse it would be for them to know that you would suffer for more years, simply because you were afraid to ask for their help. You have the power to make a positive change in your life right now by asking for help. Utilize your personal power and seek help for your very curable set of problems.
Keeping this information from your parents will only prolong your suffering and ultimately theirs. There is no shame in seeking mental health treatment. Is there shame in seeing your dentist? It is no different.
Once you begin treatment, you will see just how helpful it can be. Good luck and please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle