The object of my column will be to help you help yourself by pointing you in the right direction if I can or by supplying you with WEB resources you can use that will help you find the answers your looking for.


I'm an 11 year old female
Even though it takes me an hour to go to sleep without a light source, and outside at night I'll start getting sick (she's witnessed this), and once I tried to talk to her, and said it was nyctophobia, she only laughed and said it's not a phobia. She also tries to fix it on her own. The problem is, she thinks she could fix it, but she isn't trained to do it,I know I need a psychologist or something like that, but she refuses to admit it. She is all like,“common, (my name), you never had this before!" When really,I did. I remember I had several night lights. What should I do?

In this instance both you and your mom are somewhat correct. This is a common phobia that usually is found in younger children and generally clears on its own as children get older and learn there is no boogeyman. In your case there may be a reason you are having anxiety attacks at bedtime and at night.

You probably did have this problem as a young child. Did it ever go away. If it did and has since returned then something has happened to cause it. It could be some type of trauma, not an injury type but something you saw or read. It could also be something someone has said to you that has scared you.

Based on what you have written that about what mom said and the night lights you had. I believe at one time when you were much younger you had the normal night time phobias of young children. This is why mom said what she said we parents have a tendency to forget the normal things.

since you cannot talk to your mom or she is not willing to listen to you. Is it possible you could talk to your grandparents or possibly a favorite Aunt or Uncle who would then talk to mom for you. Other than that the only other thing I can say to you is to deal with this until mom takes you for your back to school physical and then tell the doctor. You are old enough now that mom doesn't have to be in the exam room with you and you can ask her to wait in the waiting room. It will be just you the doctor and if it is a male doctor his nurse so you can talk freely to him or her. Then tell the doctor about this and let the doctor talk to mom.

If your school system is not like mine and does not require back to school physicals. Then when you return to school go talk to the school nurse.


Four years ago I have been suffering with terrible anxiety and panic attacks. I was diagnosed with Panic Disorder. I was taking clonazepam for it 1mg 2x daily.

However, about a year ago I researched what ADHD was and I thought I matched all the symptoms. I went to go see my Psychiatrists and he was willing to try Ritalin. I immediately had so much energy and was finally able to keep a job for the few months I was on it. I then read the Rx label and it said may cause new bi polar symptoms including mania. I also found out it was a controlled narcotic.

I went back to my Psychiatrists told him about how much evergy I had and he then diagnosed me with Bi Polar I. He put me on Abilify which I only tried for one day. I was very confused of all these diagnoses within four years. In the mean time I still suffered with anxiety attacks and had a fear of failure going back to work..

How do I know if I am Bi Polar or ADHD now? I got a second opinion and he says ADHD and my counselor says I am not Bi- Polar. How can he make such a quick judgement?

When it comes to psychiatry and the practice there of. In many states in the U.S. any doctor that did a rotation in psychiatry during their Residency can practice psychiatry. This does not make them the best psychiatrists.

The best psychiatrists are the ones who have been Board Certified by the College of Psychiatrists. These are Medical Doctors who have done a Fellowship in psychiatry after their residency and past all the test and standards to practice psychiatry.

Your counselor may be a clinician such as a psychologist or social worker who is trained to help you deal with the problems of your illness but is not a medical doctor and in most states is not allowed to make a diagnosis. Though they can suggest to you what they think. I know this is a bit confusing but so is anything that concerns one's mental health.

Since it would be wrong of me to make any type of judgment here and you are still confused and being re-diagnosed between two different illnesses. I suggest you do the following:

Find a board Certified Psychiatrist for another opinion. Call the State Board of licensing or your local hospital if need to find one. Then allow that doctor to help you find a psychologist he or she can work with for you to work with in dealing with whatever diagnoses this doctor finds.

As for the medication. If by chance you are diagnosed as bipolar the medications for this illness take time to work. They do not work overnight and yes they will make you feel different for a while. Give them a chance to build up in you and give your body a chance to get use to them. Do not stop taking them without first talking with your doctor. All that might be needed is a change is dosage to make you feel better.

Yes some of these drugs are a schedule II or I drugs. This is not something to be concerned about. It mostly concerns how the doctor prescribes and how the drug is tracked by FDA. Just because it is a Narcotic does not mean you are going to become a Junkie.


Ever since I was about six years old I always used to sing in the car. I was not very good at it but it was something that I did. I knew all the lyrics and song titles etc.) Now that I have been driving on my own for 5 yrs I always sing in the car very loudly and I am not any good. When I sing I feel very good. I will NEVER sing around anyone because I know that I am terrible at it. However, in my car I feel safe and no one can judge me so I will jam out to my favorite songs over and over sometimes.

Could these be manic episodes that I am having for all these years? I am 23. Or could it be ADHD?

I sing in the house too but only when there is no one around. I dance too sometimes also not very good at that but only in the privacy of my own home.

Can someone please explain to me if this sounds like a manic episode? I also suffer from panic attacks and I have social anxiety. Any advice would be great.


We are not doctors so we cannot make any medical diagnosis. I will say that this does not sound anything like bipolar disorder or ADHD. It sounds more like a coping mechanism of some type, possibly something you developed a long time ago to deal with the panic attacks.

Bipolar disorder is the current name for manic depression. A person who suffers with manic depression or bipolar disorder has swift mood swings that can last for hours to days. Mood swings that go from being extremely happy one minute to extremely depressed the next. This does not sound like that. ADHD is more of a compulsive disorder which this also does not sound like you.

If this coping mechanism works for you don't worry about it. There are many different ways people find to cope with things in life. A good friend of mines wife likes to do her housework in the nude. This is her way of coping with the daily stress of life. She keeps a bathrobe by the door incase she has to answer the door. There is nothing wrong with this either. Just before the kids come home from school she takes her shower and gets dressed. She is a happy well adjusted and stress free person and a great cook. (Just thought I would throw that last part in, have no idea if how she does her house work effect her cooking)

Have you ever seen a therapist for either your panic attacks or social anxiety disorder. If you haven't you should as a therapist can be a big help in properly dealing with both of these problem. Your family doctor can also offer you medication to help with the panic attacks while you see a therapist about them.

Both the panic attacks and the social anxiety are caused by triggers. In therapy you can learn to identify the triggers before the attacks begin and deal with them in a more acceptable manner then a panic attack.

There is no reason to have to live with these problems for this is help for the asking. as far as the singing goes. If it makes you feel better then continue.


I started taking Zoloft last night. I have severe anxiety and depression. I decided to give it a shot, but I was scared of it getting worse. Well...

I know it hasn't been 24 hours yet, but I feel as if it's getting worse and I don't know what to do. I don't know if it's because I'm freaking myself out over it. I've been scared to take medicine, so I have not. But I decided I cannot live like this anymore. I must find a solution. So I decided to take them but what if it just keeps getting worse and worse? Anyone who takes any antidepressants that know how long I'll feel like this? :(

Please do not listen to littlesky9 for he or she does not know what he or she is talking about. The only thing he or she may be a bit correct about is the suicide thing as it is a side effect of some antidepressant medications.

Zoloft is one of the older antidepressants and used by many doctor for people under 18 because it is a very stable medication that does not have many side effects including suicide. Although like other medications it does come with the warning to contact you doctor is you start having suicidal ideations.

Hopefully I have cleared that up for you. Antidepressants are not like antibiotics. They do not start working over night. They need to build up in your body as they are a hormonal replacement for hormones such as serotonin a natural hormone made by your body. When people suffer depression, especially clinical depression diminished or insufficient serotonin levels is usually the culprit.

The time it takes for these levels to build up in your body depends on the dosage you are on and how your doctor decides to build you up. In my case I was started at a low dosage and 3 weeks later the dosage was increased. Along the way I started to feel better and better as the dosage increased and my body stored more and more of the antidepressant.

What is very important with this medication is to take it exactly as prescribed by the doctor. Try to take it every day at the same time especially while you are building up on it. Being compliant with your medication and seeing both your doctor and therapist and being open with them so that the stressor that is causing your depression can be identified is key to recovery.

Clinical depression is caused by stress. Stress causes depression, depression causes pain, including mental pain which causes depression. It is a vicious circle that has to be broken. Proper medical treatment and talk therapy is how you recover.

Give the medication time to work, you should start to feel a bit better in a few days and then a bit better every day there after. If not then call the doctor to see if a change in dosage or if a different medication may be needed. But please stay on the medication it will work. If this is your first depressive episode you will not have to take the medication forever. Probably for a year to 18 months and then the doctor will take you off of it.

Please do not listen to littlesky9 for whoever that is does not know what they are talking about. I've been there. I've taken the medication and I have recovered by doing just what I am advising you to do.


I am a teenager. I've suffered with Anxiety, Depression, and Depersonalization for the past few years and have decided it's time to fix it. I can't live like this. The doctors want me to go on Zoloft, but I'm scared that there will be side effects or something. I rejected medication a couple years back, and I sort of regret it. I want to get better, but I don't want to have any hallucinations or for it to get worse. Any advice? What do you think I should do?

Take the medication. Zoloft is one of the older medications and has few side effects. The most noticeable one is a decreased sexual desire or ability.

Now Antidepressants and antibiotics do not work the same. An antidepressant takes time to build up in your system. So the effect will can take several weeks to take effect. It is a more natural feeling that you should start to feel a bit better day by day as you body absorbs the new hormones Zoloft is supplying.

For your part you should just forget about the medication and just let it do its job. If you start to have feeling that you don't think are right the first person to tell is one of your parents and then your prescribing doctor.

Most people do not suffer any real side effects from this medication. You may feel drowsy or have a dry mouth at first. Tell mom or dad if you do but it should pass as your body grows accustomed to the medication.

Most important is to take the medication as prescribed and as close to the same time every day.

My son has been on Zoloft for two years and has suffered no side effects at all.


So the other day I went to pineland for my doctors appointment and they did a did a suprise drug test which dosnt bother ne any because I don't do drugs that are prescribed by a doctor but I went to pick up adderall and the pharmacy gave me concerta by mistake not my fault I noticted the pill looked different by I trusted the pharamist and figured they knew what they were doing do I have 3 og the concertas already like I thought I was suppose to but my mom looked it up on the computer since it was diferent color after I have already taken the meds and its nor adderall its concerta will it show up in a druh test if pineland makes me take another one

Amphetamine is in the Opiate class of drugs for which most drug test are testing for. Since this drug although dispensed in error was legally dispensed to you this should not be a problem for you. Concerta is one of the rugs doctors use to treat ADHD and I doubt did you any harm it is just not the drug your doctor prescribed.

Should you be questions just have them contact the pharmacy that made the mistake and that should be the end of the problem for you. Depending on how many tablets you took the drug should be out of your system in 10 to 30 days and not cause a problem in future drug tests.


hi im 12 and i do self harm ive been doing this since i was like 10-11 i want to stop but every time i try and tell someone i get nervious and scared what should i do?

The biggest step in stopping the self-harm is admitting you have a problem which you have done. The reason you get scared and nervous is you think your parents are going to yell at you or be mad or even punish you for doing so.

As a parent myself, actually I'm of the grandparent age I can only tell you how I would act if my son or daughter would come to me with news like this. I think I would get upset not necessarily at you but with me for not noticing what was happening. Depending on how you self-harm I would probable then get scared as well because you could have hurt yourself beyond repair. While I might be yelling at you I am really yelling at myself. I know that is a little hard to understand but it is a parent thing we yell at our children when they do something that scares us that we could or should have been able to prevent.

Have you considered writing mom and dad a note? You could start by saying something like; "I need help and I'm afraid you will yell at me so I have chosen this way to tell you why I need help. I have been self-harming myself for the last two years and I want to stop. I need your help. I think I need to see a doctor."

Self-harming is a cry for help. It usually means you are suffering from some type of depression. Given when you started to self-harm it is possible you are suffering from teenage depression which come on when a child starts into puberty.

Since puberty can start as early as 10 and sometimes even earlier, it is quite possible that you are having trouble dealing with all the new hormones now in your body. This is generally a cause for teenage depression and doctors can help you. So you are absolutely correct in asking for help.

If you can't fact mom or dad in person then write them a note. Leave the note on their pillow or on the kitchen table where they can find it. There is one other thing you can o and you do not need parental permission to do so.

IF you feel the need to self-harm before you find a way to tell your parents. Pick up the phone and call 911. This is a reason for calling 911. Tell the call taker you have been self-harming and you feel the need to do so now. The call taker will stay on the phone with you while help is sent to you.

Where I live, and as a first responder; when we get this type of call they dispatch the closest fire truck to you, and ambulance and a police officer. The fire truck is sent so the EMT's on the fire truck can care for you until the ambulance arrives with the paramedics. The police officer is dispatched to make sure you are safe and that the firefighters and paramedics are allowed to treat you.

I'm telling you this as this is fairly a standard response in most parts of the country so you know what to expect if you need to call 911. If you need to call 911 then do so this is what 911 is all about.


So I'm only 15 and a sophomore in high school. I remember when I was a kid my classmates would call on me to read the next piece of the book and I would read it extreamly fast but I prounced every word and didn't studder, I am a very good reader but since we were younger they couldn't keep up. So after awhile my teacher stopped calling on me to read because I read to fast for them to comprehend the infomation , but I didn't mind that. Example is in 7th grade I was reading at an 11 grade level not a 7th graders. Then personally I started reading really fast too but I maintained all the information perfectly still. For example I read a book that was 600 pages in one day. And now as I'm 15 I've realized over the years that I jump from topic to topic. Like when I was with my grandma telling her about my day I wouldn't even give her enough time to transseion with me to another topic, but after I finished saying whatever I got back on the original topic. Now I noticed this past year that my brain is thinking too fast and my mouth can't keep up. So then when I'm talking to someone I accidentally leave out a few parts of a sentence because my brain thought I already had said them but my mouth really hadn't yet. Then when I do tell a story I literally have to give exact specifications or it will bug me and I won't move on or I'll move but I'll come back to it. Also when I'm talking and my brain is thinking to fast sometimes I just literally can't keep up with my mouth speaking what I'm thinking and I just make a goofy sound in the middle of what I'm saying juat to stop and play it off as being silly or something because I jusy cant keep up. I can't even remember what I was going to say because again my brain has already sped off. I also know I dont have ADHD. So my question is what's up with this? Is there a way I can teach my brain to slow down ? Or is this tied to something like a condition ? I'm not really sure but its been giving me a lot of issues these last couple of years and I just at least want to know what's up with it. So any thoughts and advice is welcomed thank you :)

I agree with GiddyGeezer that this is something you need to have evaluated by a professional and this starts with your family doctor. None of here are doctors so we cannot offer you any really good advice or even suggestions on this one this as this one truly needs to be evaluated by the proper professional.

I will say this that what you are seeing is not all that rare. I know of others who suffer with similar problems. Even though I now of them I will not offer a suggestion as this problem is unique to each individual.

I don't think it has anything to do with ADHD and it may have more to do with puberty, which is just a guess on my part. What I do know is the fact it is bothering you enough to write to us. So ask mom or dad to make an appointment for you with the family doctor and discuss it with the doctor. If you do not get a satisfactory answer from your doctor ask for a referral to a board certified psychiatrist. No you are not crazy. A board certified psychiatrist is specially trained to deal with all aspects of the brain.

Other doctors you might want to see for an evaluation would be an Internist and a Neurosurgeon. Being evaluated by all of these doctors would rule in or out any of the factors that could be in play to be the underlying cause of your problem.


So I am in the 8th grade- going into 9th. I'm pretty sure this all started in 5th grade btw... but I think I have a depression/ anxiety/ bipolar disorder. I've taken A LOT of these quizzes and screenings online for them and it states that I have a high case of it and I should get some help just in case... I also had one of my friends take it and she got a high ish score too but her mom found it and she took her to get help and she has been getting help from medications because she was diagnosed with quite a few disorders like depression and anxiety. I've told her about my scores and she has told me many times to ask my mom but I'm afraid to. I mean I don't cry every night or day about my life but I do a lot and when i do it's horrible and i have no one to talk to about it. If i tell my mom, she'll either think i'm crazy or she won't believe me. And what if I am actually diagnosed with those disorders? I'm going to have to talk to a therapist (she does) and get on medication.. and that's going to cost a lot of money... and nows not the time to make my mom worried and have to pay money. she and my dad have been stressed lately and it's just too much money and i don't think we could afford it with all this shiz going on. I want help but I don't want my parents to have to go through all this...

First: These online quizzes are not a diagnostic tools. They are at best an indicator that you MAY be predisposed to a certain condition the test or quiz is designed to root out.

The test or quiz is also designed to indicate the condition far more easily than the actual diagnostic test would so you will go see a doctor and be properly tested. Just because your friend, who when properly tested, did have the condition indicated does not mean you do. Everyone is different and it takes your doctor who knows you asking different questions to come up with a proper diagnoses.

Second: Never ever second guess what you parents can and cannot afford, especially when it comes to your health. Both your physical and mental health. As a parent I can tell everything in our lives comes a distant second to the health and well being of our children. This is a promise we made when we decided to have children and we always find a way.

Now as to mom believing you or not. This is a different story. I can't say whether she will believe you or not. She may believe that these online test are a bunch of BS and tell you not to believe them. She knows you best and I think she would know if you were depressed and if the depression was bad enough to need a doctors care.

The flip side of this could be in telling mom it would be a light bulb experience for her in enlightening her to something she had not thought of. She may have noticed changes in you that concern her but unsure of the reason.

Your job is to tell your parents when you are not feeling well. It doesn't matter if it is a cold, sore throat or something like this. As I said in reason two, it is not your worry to count the money in their pocket. It is their job to care for you.

In any case school is out for the summer in most of the country. Before you return to school, most schools require you to have a physical and to have the doctor update your immunization records. During your physical you can tell the doctor about this test and how you scored. The doctor can test you at that time. The test is simply answering a number of questions the doctor will ask from which a diagnosis is made.


I am a 26 year old woman and I get so frustrated with myself because I have quite a few irrational fears. What doesn't make sense is that I KNOW they're irrational and I'm still afraid of them anyway.

My sister's getting married Saturday and insisted that I get a tan for the wedding. My choices were to get a spray tan or get a real one. Since spray tans aren't really my jam, I chose to get a real one with the use of a tanning bed. Today was about my fifth day to do so and its so hard for me to relax in those beds. I keep thinking about getting overheated, getting burned, getting skin cancer, damaging my eyes and most ridiculously, the plastic over the bulbs breaking or melting or one of the bulbs exposing or something.

My biggest problem with spray tans is that I wouldn't be able to shower, wash my hands, or use hand sanitizer for a certain amount of time and I'm WAY too germphobic for that.

I'm afraid of all kinds of things. Food poisoning, riding on an airplane, going outside alone after dark, anesthesia wearing off at the dentist's office, bugs crawling on me while I'm asleep and all kinds of other things.

I know I probably need counseling, but please give me some other advice as well. Also, are any of these fears as irrational as I think they are?

Some of your fears are not all that irrational. The fear of going out alone at night is unfortunately a justified fear for any woman. It is an unfortunate sign of our time that a woman is not safe alone on the street in her own community or town. Your fears concerning the Tanning bed, many of them are things to be concerned over.

Being a germ phobic, riding on planes anesthesia wearing off and food poisoning are irrational to different degrees. Germ phobic is greatly irrational. Food poisoning does happen if you do not cook certain foods properly or wash vegetables properly. When eating out choose restaurants carefully and you can even check their ratings with your health department.

Your fear of planes is actually not a fear of flying it is the fear of crashing. Given the safety record of todays passenger airlines and the planes being built today this is too becoming an irrational fear. You are much safer traveling by air than by Rail, bus or by car. I don't have the actual statistic or I would give it to you but it is multi-million times safer to travel by air than any other mode of transportation.

Yes you do need counseling and I would advice you seek out a good psychologist to work with to control these fears. For if you let these fears control you, you will have a very fearful and dull life stuck behind closed doors.

As for getting a Tan for your sisters wedding. If you can do so without getting a sunburn fine. If not don't do it. The last thing you want is to be standing there either all red or peeling.


I am a 25 year old female and I don't know what's wtong with me. I akready go to pineland 3 says a week on meds and I am still having problem s with my mental health. I am real emotional all time like for instance one minute ill be all hyper and happy and the next I will be agitated and ready to come unglued over every little thike like for instance I came home from pineland to find that my niece had stuff all over my bed and I snapped but stugf lack that dosnt usually bother me and I bursted into tears anf told her to get out of my site. Why would I cry over something like that. When I was in group today and I was reading some material I noticed that I kept getting lost in mid sentence and the sentenceskept running together and couldn't concentrate. Like I said I am already on celexa f or anxiety and depression and I am on adderall for adhd but why am I getting mad so easy because I've never had problems with anger before and ehy does my moods keep switching like a light switch that's never happened and for the past month I have been crying for ehat seems to be no reason at all why?

None of us are doctors so we can't make a diagnoses.

You need to speak with your treating psychiatrist. What is happening sounds like it could be a side effect of the medication you're on or that your depression is becoming more manic.

If you depression is changing then you medications will most likely need to be changed as well. In either case if this is a side effect or your depression is changing only your treating psychiatrist can change your medications.

When you are next at Pineland tell one of the nurses or your group psychologist you're having problems and need to speak with your treating psychiatrist.


I'm an 18 year old girl and I've been dealing with depression for about about a year now and I'm trying to get better. But sometimes (like now for instance) where I just have this consuming feeling of being off. It's like I'm not quite myself and I feel strange and weird. Sometimes I want to hide from everyone or sometimes I just start crying from feeling this way. I hate it more then any feeling I get when depressed. I feel like I'm not me and like I'm off. Does anyone else get this feeling? I might be crazy but does anyone know how to stop it or make it better because I can't stand being like this and it usually continues until I go to bed and when I wake up I'm fine. But I can't just go to sleep in the middle of the day. Any advice?

Just so you know I am not a doctor, none of us on this site are.

First: You are 18 which makes you an adult under the law. This also means that under the law even though you may still be covered under your parents health insurance they no longer have any say in any medical treatment you may need or seek. They can not speak to a doctor and learn anything about any medical visit you may have or see your medical records unless you have given the(se) doctors written permission. This is all written under a Federal Law Called HIPPA. Each doctor you visit will have you complete what is called a HIPPA disclosure form for their Office detailing your rights and theirs.

That being said if you are medically depressed as opposed to common everyday type of depression. Then you need professional help to get well. We all suffer from some type of depression brought on by something happening in our lives to make us temporarily depressed such as the loss of a loved one. Most of us get over it after a while.

Medical depression is much different. In your writing you hit several of the points a doctor might use to diagnose clinical depression. The most common form of medical depression. If you have not been properly diagnosed you need to see your doctor and schedule a complete physical and request to be screened for depression at the same time.

The reason for the complete physical is the doctor is going to want to do one to rule out any organic reason for how you feel that mimics depression. The test for depression is a series of questions the doctor will ask you during the physical. From your answers the doctor can make a diagnoses. Based on the diagnoses your PCP may chose to treat you or recommend you see a specialist.

Given your age it is quite possible you are suffering what doctors call teenage depression. This is a form of clinical depression teenagers suffer brought on by the abnormal amount of stress in their lives Generally it is treated with a pill and talk therapy with a psychologist to find out what the stress or stressors are in your life and help you deal with them better.

Therefore my advice is to make an appointment with your family doctor. This is something that now that you are 18 only you can do for yourself.

Your parents cannot make an appointment for you or stop you from seeing a doctor even if you are on their insurance. Remember they no longer have any legal say in your medical well being unless you ask for their advice and then it is only advice. So see your doctor


I've been to the Emergency room to see a doctor for seeing weird things and hearing voices. The doctor I went diagnosed me with psychosis nos and said I had anxiety. I've paid for & tried medicine that doesn't work. My bill is over $1,000 and I can't afford to go to the doctor or pay for the medicine. How do I get help paying for a doctor and medicine?

A hospital emergency room is the worst place you can go for mental health issues. On issues of mental health there concern mainly is to decide if you are a danger to yourself or anyone else. If you are not believed to be a danger to yourself or anyone else they treat you and street you.

I will assume you do not have private insurance and you did not sign up for Obama care when registration was available. Texas being a Republican dominated state probably made it hard to do so as the only way to sign up would have been through the federal site which we all know had it's problems.

I have reason to believe you are younger than 65 which would leave the only medical assistance available to you would be the Texas Medicaid system. Contact your County Department of Mental Health or Department of Health and Human Services for assistance in getting coverage under Medicaid. Then go to the website I have included below for Magellan Health Services.

Magellan Health Services is the largest provider of mental health providers in the country. From their provider list you should be able to find a psychiatrist who will treat you close to where you live and accept Medicaid patients.



Today I got a random noise in my ear. All my life, I've had this 'high pitch noise' in my ears/head but assumed everyone had it. Well anyways, my mind kept focusing on the noise and now it won't go away. I don't know if it's ringing because nothing would've caused the ringing. But I also don't know if it's just something in my mind. What could this be? Also, how can I sleep with this? It's kind of loud.
Also, I have to keep tapping on my ear so my mind focuses on that sound and not the high pitch sound. Help asap.

You do need to see a doctor for there is damage to your ears. I suffer from the same type of ringing in my ears and have for most of my life. This ringing is generally caused by not protecting your ears from high pitch sounds or being around loud noise. Also doctors are finding people who wear ear buds and play their music loud are experiencing the same type of damage.

You need to see and Ear, Nose and Throat(ENT) Doctor and have your hearing tested, If your ringing is caused by the same injuries, mine was jet engines and my fathers table saw, there is no correction other than hearing aids that cancel out the vibrations. Very similar to noise canceling headphones. The ones they have today cannot even be seen as the sit deep in the ear canal.

I\'m not a doctor so I really cannot say what is causing your problem I can only be empathetic to your problem since I have a similar problem to the one you describe. ONLY an ENT doctor after a hearing test can tell you your real problem.

If your family has health insurance the visit to an ENT and the hearing test should be covered less the copay you normally would pay.


I'm 14/f. And I've been battling many disorders for 2 years now. I have anorexia, anxiety, bulimia, depression, ednos, insomnia, paranoia, selfharm, selfhate. I've been through a bunch and I've attempted suicide 3 times. I don't want attention for this though. This winter season has been really hard on me and no one except my best friend knows about how much these disorders have hurt me. I've got so many deep cuts and scars on my thighs, arms, wrists, and hips. I usually will put a bunch of foundation on my arms to cover the scars but I don't want to have to do this all summer. I play baseball and our uniforms are sleeveless, so I can't cover them all the time. How can I make a remedy for scar removal? Please help!

Hopefully you are under the care of a psychiatrist and psychologist for all that is troubling you for if you are then I have a suggestion.

Normally I do not suggest plastic surgery for someone your age mostly because at your age you are still growing and plastic surgeons are reluctant to surgery on young people. Then there is also the fact that Plastic surgery is generally not covered under health insurance.

Given your situation the insurance companies may pay for the surgery as it can be therapeutic for the other things troubling you. This is something your psychiatrist would have to work with the plastic surgeon and the insurance company to work out.

What happens with plastic surgery is the scars are not eliminated that doesn\'t happen. The surgeon hides the old scars by making new ones in places less noticeable such as natural folds in the skin. That and the fact the surgeons scars will be smaller makes it appear the scar has been removed. The plastic surgeon can also help you make the scars that cannot be reduced, which is the term they use, less noticeable.

Talk to your doctors and let them talk to mom and dad about having a plastic surgeon examine you to see what they can do to reduce the appearance of these scars.


Hi, this is the same person who asked the question about depersonalization.

So, I just need some advice here. Should I start getting anxiety pills? I hate having to deal with it each and every day. The thing is, is that I'm scared of feeling like a zombie, or feeling different. I also don't want to be medicated all the time, but I HATE feeling this way. But I'm pretty sure I have depersonalization. I feel "detached". Will anxiety pills help me with this too?

Also, I know for a fact that I have Anxiety and Depression because I was diagnosed almost 2 years ago. I also get it from my father. I just really need some advice here asap. Thank you

Do not self-medicate. Just because you have some symptoms does not mean you have the illness. You need to be properly diagnosed by a doctor. When we try to practice self-diagnoses we are wrong almost 100% of the time.

Anxiety and Depression go together and one cause the other though it does not necessarily cause depersonalization, there are many other factors and symptoms; you have only two. The feeling of detachment is possibly more from the depression and your own adaptation of the medical information you have accrued by reading.

As I said yesterday the medicine does not have to make you feel like a zombie. I was on antidepressants and antianxiety medication. The antianxiety medication is something I took when needed not all the time. When I took it, when and if I needed it, which became less and less, if I had any side effect from the anti anxiety medication it was that it made me drowsy. If I took it after dinner I usually fell asleep. I never had that Zombie feeling you\'re afraid of. IF you do find you feel that way the doctor can change the medication or change the dosage.

What I did find over time was that just having the medication work as sort of an anti anxiety treatment. I found that over time I became less dependent on them maybe because the antidepressants started working.

If you do have Depersonalization disorder the worst thing you can do is try to self medicate and self treat yourself. See a doctor and get properly diagnosed. Given the new laws concerning Obama care you should have some type of insurance available. All this would be covered under the insurance provided under Obama care.



So I have a few questions, and I just need help ASAP. Okay so since about June 2012, I've felt weird. I think it may be Depersonalization, but I just can't deal with it in my everyday life anymore. I was hoping it would go away by now, but it hasn't. It kind of stops if I get my mind off it, but of course it will come back. Anyways, I saw a post someone made and it said something about being in a coma or whatever. Now I'm really scared because what if I am in a coma? I don't know anymore. I just want to stop this feeling. I get anxiety from my dad. I was thinking about getting pills for my anxiety in July of 2012, but my mom doesn't want me medicated all the time and I don't want to be either. But should I? Sometimes my anxiety helps by like stopping me from saying certain things. And will it help this feeling go away? I just now feel like I'm in a coma because of that post and I feel sad...

Here's a reason why I'm scared of taking pills: For some reason, I feel like I'll be weird the first time i'll take them. Like I'll be all dizzy because I'll be feeling different. I just need help. Please help asap.

Depersonalization has nothing to do with anything like being in a coma. Depersonalization is more like standing outside yourself and watching what is happening and not having anyway to do anything about it. This is a nutshell description and there is more to it than what I just put here.

Before you worry about what or how the medication may make you feel; you need to be properly diagnosed. Self diagnoses is almost 100% inaccurate. Make an appointment with your family doctor for a complete physical. You will need a complete physical to rule out any organic reason for how you are feeling before any diagnoses for Depersonalization will or can be made. Of course when you see your doctor tell him or her about why you feel you may be suffering from Depersonalization. Make a list of any symptoms you have, any traumas or life changes that have accrued. Bring this list with you to the doctor. It would also be a good Idea to have a friend or mom with you to listen to the doctor as a friend or mom will hear things you may miss.

IF you are diagnosed with Depersonalization the treatment is medication and psychotherapy generally with a psychologist for talk therapy. As for the medication, like all medication it will have a list of potential side effects. Just how you will react to this medication is unknown. You may not suffer at all from the side effects or if you do it will be as most to only for a few days as your body becomes accustomed to the medication. Should the side effects last longer than a few days your doctor will adjust the medication to reduce or eliminate the side affects.

You will not be walking around like some zombie. The drugs recommended for treatment are not the psychotropic drugs recommended for people suffering from bipolar disorder.


My brother is 21. He works for a small company not many friends doesn't ever go out unless with my father he's not made it threw college 3 times. My parents separated and divorced in 2007. He took it pretty hard. He is very controlling pretty much his way if you argue for example if you he'll want to throw something that is yours away you so your not throwing it away he'll start cussing shut the blank up etc. This was his recent conversation father it's like this all the time. I feel he may be bi polar but I'm not a doctor I don't know Ho to how help him

There is not enough information here to say whether or not he is depressed let alone bipolar which is also known as manic depression. You know him best and you sense something is wrong then most likely something is wrong.

We are not doctors and we cannot make diagnoses, even if we could we would need to see and speak to him to make a diagnoses of depression. If his behavior has changed since your parents have divorced then this would be one sign of depression. If not it does not rule depression out as he may be suffering from it for a far longer time.

The only person who can make this diagnoses is his doctor. It is a simple and painless test for the doctor to do. The doctor will ask your brother s aeries of questions. Based on your brothers’ answers the doctor can make a diagnoses. Base on this diagnoses the doctor can either prescribe medication or refer him to another doctor for medication and treatment.

The problem will be in getting him to go to the doctor for a complete checkup and letting the doctor know what you suspect. People who suffer from depression don\'t realize they are suffering. In fact they see things in a different perspective that is colored by their perception which is why it will be hard to get them to go to a doctor.

It is truly unfortunate that with people suffering from depression it is a case of being able to \"lead the horse to water but unable to force them to drink.\" \"The best you can do is be supportive of then and be there for them when they hit bottom and ask for help. They will hit bottom and they will ask for help. It is just the bottom is different for each of us.


Okay so im 14/f and since i was 11 ive identified as a lesbian (that was when i figured it out) but now im starting to question myself. I know im definitely not straight, 0% chance, and i highly doubt bisexual, i dont know it just doesnt quite feel right, neither does pansexual but it does sound closer to what im looking for. Im romantically and sexually attracted to girls, but sometimes i meet a boy, (and when i say sometimes i mean this has happened twice in the past 3 years) and im just like, "You. You are sweet and really cute and i want to be really close with you and hug you but i cant necessarily see myself with you or anything" but its just confusing me bc it *feels* pretty freaking similar to a crush but im just not attracted to boys?? I dont think I am?? I feel like I might be maybe homosexual and panromantic? does that sound right or am i just confused with all the labels? Thank you in advance to anyone who helps

As I understand things if you truly are a lesbian you would have had or have known this or had signals of this long before you were 11. What I believe happened at age 11 is puberty started and you have become confused by all the labels as to which one you are.

When it comes to being a Gay or Lesbian this is the way you are born, it is not something you wake up one morning and decide you are. Being bisexual is something that may be more of an acquired sexual prefference. The same is true of being pansexual and panromantic as it is believed these are more of preference and lifestyle practice then an inherent trait in DNA.

What I would advise for right now and the next few years is not to try and stick a label on your sexuality for now or the next few years as you go through puberty. Labels mean absolutely nothing and at your age can cause you to be shunned, bullied or worse.

There is nothing wrong with being Gay or Lesbian. This is your life you live it as you are most comfortable. The problem is, especially at your age, is others are not very tolerant of difference. Meaning if you are a Lesbian, Pansexual or Panromantic you unfortunately need to keep this to yourself for your own safety while in High School. It is unfortunate that you cannot even tell your best friend, but that is the way things are today and it is so wrong you don\'t even want me getting on my soap box about it. I will just say as a society we need to learn to be more tolerant then others.

There is nothing unusual for someone your age to be more comfortable with their own sex. It is my belief that as you become more comfortable with the new hormones and the changes in your body; you will have less confusion with your sexual identity. Until then worry less about your sexual identity and just enjoy who you are today.


11 years old my son is suffering from high copper level in his body present please provide the solution

We are not medical doctors and cannot and do not give medical advice. I did do some research on this subject and found there are a number of different ways a person can get High Levels of Copper in their system.

My advice is if you son has been diagnosed by a doctor that you follow that doctors’ advice as to how to lower these levels. IF he has not been diagnosed by a doctor or you for some reason are not trusting of your doctors’ advice. I would suggest you take him to see a Hematologist. A Hematologist is a doctor who specializes in disorders of the blood. This doctor may be more qualified to treat your son than a family practice doctor.

A visit to a hematologist should be covered under any insurance you might have under the second opinion clause most all insurance policies have. What is most important, from what I have read, is that you get your son treatment for this problem. For left untreated if the toxicity levels get to high they can be fatal.


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