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How do I tell my parents I want to go to a doctor to learn about my anxiety?

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asked Dec 15, 2017 by anonymous  
I am a teenager with anxiety. It's so common nowadays that I have not told my parents because it's not a "fad" or a plea for attention. I have a normal life. A great one that I miss. I think I am being held back from living these years in a spiral. I lose focus,  I feel so lazy, I started throwing up before a couple of tests, I hate myself but I know I shouldn't and it's very confusing and I just want to get back to seeing things clearly without trying to come up for air. Any advice is appreciated and I am so sorry because I know this is annoying and common but I have no idea what else to do.
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answered Dec 15, 2017 by anonymous  

I've struggled with anxiety (social anxiety and general anxiety), and there's been a lot of improvement for me. I've been doing the 12 Steps of Emotions Anonymous. Part of my continued healing is that I share with others the solution. The 12 Steps of EA are:

1: We admitted we were powerless over our emotions--that our lives had become unmanageable.
2: We came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3: We made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
4: We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
5: We admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
6: We were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
7: We humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
8: We made a list of all persons we had harmed and became willing to make amends to them all.
9: We made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
10: We continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong, promptly admitted it.
11: We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message and to practice these principles in all our affairs.
And there's an additional principle of recovery: We offered forgiveness to those who had hurt us.

Emotions Anonymous, a fellowship of people recovering from emotional problems like anxiety, depression and anger.

My story can be found here:

I’ve also been involved with a fellowship called Celebrate Recovery, a fellowship of people recovering from all kinds of hurts, hang-ups and habits. To find a group:

Thanks for reading this.

May peace be with you,
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Profile Photo answered Dec 16, 2017 by B. ANGEL7000+ (7,240 points)   5 16
Hello anonymous.  You are right anxiety is common nowadays. I am a retired counsellor and hope that you will trust me when I say you should deffinately speak to your parents. Your parents are probably wondering themselves on how to approach you based on how you have changed.  Parents love the children and want what is best for them. There are medications out there that can help you overcome your anxiety and depression.  The tightness in your throat, chest pains, nausea and so on is a deffinate indication of someone who has anxiety.  I would suggest that you deal with this soon before it develops into full fledg depression.  Hang in there and know that you are special and deserve to be freed from this ailement.
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Profile Photo answered Dec 16, 2017 by HOPE ANGEL24K (62,290 points)   6 11 36
My dear friend, this is not annoying in any way. Everyone need help and advice in our lives. You made the great first step.

Here are five steps to intervene in that downward spiral:

Please talk with your parents and the school councilor this week. If you don't know where to start, you can just forward this e-mail to them. Please don't wait. Do it NOW.

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