I have not been feeling like myself at all lately. I feel like everyone who is surrounding me doesn’t actually like me. I have cut myself recently because I find it calming. I get sad and down a lot and I am constantly worrying about what other people think of me. I have been tired no matter how much sleep I get. I also don’t know what emotions I am feeling, I can’t identify them. I tell people I’m just said if they ask but in reality, I have no idea what I am feeling. Maybe I’m feeling nothing at all, I don’t know. Sometimes I plan out how I would kill myself even though I know I would never do it. I also have zero motivation to do anything and when I try to do my schoolwork I cannot concentrate at all. I always get distracted.

A. Yes. You do need help. It’s not normal to want to kill yourself. Nor is it normal to cut yourself. People who are thinking about suicide or who are cutting themselves are suffering. It could be depression, but it could be something else. Depression and related disorders are highly responsive to treatment.

The best way to know what might be wrong and most importantly how to fix it, is to consult a mental health professional. They will know how to help you. They receive specialized training for exactly these problems. You will feel a great deal of relief when you have someone offering support and guidance.

Ask your parents to help you find a mental health professional in your community. If that’s not an option, the school counselor or trusted faculty member is your next best option. They can assist you in finding the right treatment for you. Finally, if you believe that you might harm yourself, call the authorities or go to the hospital. They can protect you and connect you with mental health professionals who will help. Please take care.

Dr. Kristina Randle