If you have strong urges to cut, then TeenHealthFX images you are feeling in significant emotional distress at times. People in your life may have trouble just leaving you alone because they pick up on your emotional distress and are concerned about you because they care about you. What FX wonders is if you are okay with the distress you are in? If you are finding that you are bothered by the thoughts and feelings you experience, such as your urge to cut or your desire not to be bothered by others, then FX suggests you consider meeting with a mental health professional to discuss your concerns. Your emotional distress may be connected to a mental health illness, environmental factors such as problematic family dynamics, or a combination of the two. If you want things to be different for you, a mental health professional could assess the situation, formulate an accurate diagnosis, and discuss with you what kind of treatment plan would be most beneficial to you depending on what is contributing to your distress (such as individual therapy, family therapy, medication management, or some combination of the three).
Your friends and family – whoever is telling you to take more risks – may want you to take steps towards positive change because they care about you and how you experience life. What you need to decide is how you want to feel and what you want your life to look like – and to reach out for help if you are feeling like the emotional distress you are under is interfering in how you want your life to be.
If you live in northern New Jersey and need help finding a therapist you can call the Access Center from Atlantic Behavioral Health at 888-247-1400. Outside of this area you can log onto the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website for referrals in your area. You can also contact your insurance company to get a list of in-network mental health providers or check with your school social worker or psychologist to get a list of referrals in your area.