If you have any questions about your mental health, you should seek help. You don’t have to wait until there is a crisis to consult a mental health professional. When it comes to mental health, it’s good to be proactive.
To answer your question directly, yes you should seek help from a mental health professional. And no you should not continue to rely on your friends for answers. They are not mental health professionals. They are not trained to recognize symptoms of a mental illness nor can they treat them. It would be unreasonable to expect them to know how to help you. If you want help solving this problem, then you should consult the experts.
The first thing you should do is talk to your parents. You might be frightened to speak to them, but they need to be aware of what is wrong. They can assist you in accessing treatment. If you can’t tell your parents, then go to the school guidance counselor or another trusted adult.
Your ultimate goal is to alert the right people who can assist you in accessing mental health treatment. Study after study shows that teenagers who have access to mental health treatment have fewer symptoms than those who don’t have access to mental health treatment. The sooner intervention takes place, the quicker you will see improvements in your symptoms. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle