What should I do about my mental health?

Hi, I am 14 and for a year I have suffering from Depression, Anxiety (GAD and social phobia) , suicidal thoughts and mild self harm. I went through a long period of time of having panic attacks every day and multiple anxiety attacks every day, because of this I quit all my clubs and I am no longer able to go to school. I haven't been able to go to school for the past two months and every second of those weeks I have been feeling suicidal. My anxiety levels are at a constant high as my hands have been shaking and I start wringing and violently shaking my hands to the the point that I need to put them in bandages to stop the aching, I go to bed around 10:30 and go to sleep around 6:30, I plan to how I would kill myself and I think my family would be better of with out me. I eat around one meal a day. I have seen my GP and been refered to CAMHS. I am worried that one day soon I will harm myself greatly. I believe the only way round this is to be admitted to hospital because every time I speak to a professional I put on a face and never tell them about my thought, planning and self harm. I don't know how to be admitted as I know my mum would feel it would be the worse possible option but I know she isn't coping with me ( she has ME and chronic fatigue e.c.t). But I am worried for me and my life.
Asked Nov 12, 2015
What I would do is speak to a professional about medication options. The last time I tried to kill myself was 5 months ago, so take my advice with a grain of salt, but the combination of anxiety and depression is probably chemical, not environmental (you are not depressed because of events around you, but rather because your brain chemistry is out of balance). Chemicals like Dopamine, Serotonin, etc. help your brain to process emotions and thoughts, and are needed to feel calm, happy, and to sleep properly.
A short term fix while you wait for an appointment with a psychiatrist (an MD specializing in using medication for mental health treatment) would be to try Niacin. You specifically don't want Niacin that has been treated to be "no flush" because the flush from a megadose of Niacin is caused by your body converting excess Niacin into Serotonin (and no-flush Niacin is treated to make sure it doesn't turn into Serotonin). My experience with that was "the most pleasant feeling of my skin being on fire I've ever had." I know it sounds crazy, but it did actually help me feel "better," and the burning feeling will go away once your body is used to it, while the extra serotonin will help your brain and sleep patterns pretty much indefinitely.
Answered Nov 12, 2015
That has to be a very difficult situation to be in. There are many young ones who struggle with the same feelings that you do. There is a website that I am sure you will find helpful. It is www.jw.org. There is an entiire section just for teenagers and the things that you may be going thru. If you go select bible teachings then teenagers. This is just one of the many articles you can find on there. I hope you find this helpful.

What you can do
Question the reasonableness of your anxiety. “Being concerned about your responsibilities is one thing; being overly anxious is another. It reminds me of the saying, Anxiety is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.”—Katherine.
The Bible says: “Who of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his life span?”—Matthew 6:27.

What this means: Unless anxiety leads you toward a solution, it will only add to your problem—or become your problem.

Take things one day at a time. “Think it through. Will what you are anxious about matter tomorrow? in a month? in a year? in five years?”—Anthony.
The Bible says: “Never be anxious about the next day, for the next day will have its own anxieties. Each day has enough of its own troubles.”—Matthew 6:34.

What this means: It makes little sense to take on tomorrow’s problems—some of which may never even become a reality.

Learn to live with what you cannot change. “The best you can do is prepare for situations to the extent possible, but accept the fact that some situations are out of your control.”—Robert.
The Bible says: “The swift do not always win the race, . . . nor do those with knowledge always have success, because time and unexpected events overtake them all.”—Ecclesiastes 9:11.

What this means: Sometimes you cannot change your circumstances, but you can change the way you view them.

Put your situation in perspective. “I find that I have to focus on the big picture and not stress over the details. I have to choose my battles and channel my energy into taking care of priorities.”—Alexis.
The Bible says: “Make sure of the more important things.”—Philippians 1:10.

What this means: People who put their anxieties in perspective are less likely to be overwhelmed by them.

Talk to someone. “When I was in the sixth grade, I would come home from school very anxious, dreading the next day. My mother and father would just listen to me as I expressed myself. It was so good to have them there. I could trust them and speak freely to them. It helped me to face the next day.”—Marilyn.
The Bible says: “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word cheers it up.”—Proverbs 12:25.

What this means: A parent or a friend might be able to give you practical suggestions on how to reduce your anxiety.

Pray. “Praying—and doing so aloud so I can hear my voice—helps me. It allows me to vocalize what I am anxious about instead of keeping it in my head. It also helps me to realize that Jehovah is greater than my anxiety.”—Laura.
The Bible says: “Throw all your anxiety on [God], because he cares for you.”—1 Peter 5:7.

What this means: Prayer is not a mental trick. It is real communication with Jehovah God, who promises: “Do not be anxious, for I am your God. I will fortify you, yes, I will help you.”—Isaiah 41:10.
Answered Dec 22, 2015

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