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I think I might be crazy?

About a year ago, I was walking home from school, and I convinced myself that I was a 32 year old woman living in a mental institute and that I had made up my entire "life as a teenager", and everyone I knew didn't exist. What's wrong with me?

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Hi Wrennnnn, I would need

Hi Wrennnnn,

I would need more information in order to provide a helpful response to your question. What you describe is certainly unusual. However, you say that was a year ago. You didn't say how old you are, what has been happening since then, any other symptoms or unusual things you are experiencing or have experienced, and so on.

The more information you provide, the better able I will be to give you some idea as to what might be going on with you.

Dr. Lane

I was about 15 almost 16.

I was about 15 almost 16. I've had some pretty major emotional breakdowns since then and some heavy anxiety attacks. Hope this helps

Hi Wrennnnn, That still isn't

Hi Wrennnnn,

That still isn't enough information. However, here are my thoughts. Considering your age and the possibility that you had become delusional last year (believing something to be real that wasn't - that you were a 32 year old woman and that everyone you knew didn't exist), I strongly recommend you set up an appointment for an evaluation - preferably either with a psychologist or a psychiatrist.

I don't have enough information to really say what I think may be going on, but it does sound like you have had some serious struggles with anxiety and possibly depression. More concerning, though, is that you may have become psychotic (out of touch with reality) a year ago. When that happens, especially in the teen years, it can be an early sign of schizophrenia. Please don't take that as a diagnosis, though.

I assume you still live at home if you are only 17 now? If so, please talk to your parents about seeing a mental health professional for an evaluation. The things you describe should not be ignored, and will likely get worse without treatment.

I hope this helps.

Dr. Lane


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