Am I Potentially Mentally Ill? Hi, I’m 17-year-old girl and I’m worried that I might have Asperger’s syndrome and some other illness, but I don’t know which one. Firstly, I want to say that I always knew that I’m different from others. even when I was little I had trouble to fit in because I didn’t know how to normally communicate. every time I meet people I don’t talk or I talk like a crazy. I also dress up little different, so every one first thought is that this girl is weird. I have had 5 friend in my life and now just left two. others grew up like normal kids so I became too weird for them. even when I was in first grades in school teachers were forcing others to talk with me because when other were playing I was just drawing, not even paying attention. I’m not even going to mention my obsessions, weird talks about subjects that no one cares about. everyone was calling me philosopher. I also could never consider someone’s eyes I just improved that a year ago. also, I show many other symptoms except maybe not understanding what are people telling me. sometimes my grandma and mum tell me that I’m like a brick not understanding what people tell me but I don’t really know why are they saying it. this is my suspicion about Asperger, but what I really worry about is delusions. when I was 14 or so I was convinced that I am a werewolf even though I don’t believe in them. I believed it so much I would do stupid things like I would eat raw meat (which is funny because I don’t like meat), having dreams about me shapeshifting and if I would discover little scratch next morning it was because it really happened. I even had “hallucinations”. in the mirror, I could see my eyes turning yellow. it was much worse than it sounds. this ended in a year or 2. but then next started. I believed I was a medium and I was literally seeing auras and ghosts (which is also funny because I don’t believe in them). I could hear voices and breath. and this ended in a few months. there is something about aliens but I don’t consider it important. PS parents don’t believe me. There are other things too but I’m over word limitation. (From the USA)

A: Yes, seeing a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist would be a good way to get to the bottom of what is troubling you. As you say, there are a wide variety of symptoms here and having an evaluation by a trusted professional is a very good way to go. If your parents don’t think this is a good idea, ask to see you general practitioner. He or she will be able to make some general observations, rule out any medical issues, and can make the recommendation to your parents if it is warranted.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral