Child Development & Parenting:Adolescence (12-24)

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I Think I Have a Mental Disorder?

Recently, my parents and I have gotten into a brutal fight. I had told one small lie and my mother believes I've done things I could never imagine doing. I totally admit it was my fault and I've apologized many times but nothing's working. My mother also claimed that I'm a mental stress on her and nothing can be done about me. I personally think I'm not that bad of a person. I have a 3.8 GPA, I love helping people and giving advice, and I've always listened to my parents except for this one lie.

I am only a teenager and I feel as if I'm losing a mother. I've also begun cutting myself and I can't control my emotions any longer. The reason I cut myself is that I feel my mother is getting a stress relief every time I hurt myself. Is there anything that can be done? I have become very depressed and it has been affecting my grades. My mother and I haven't talked in weeks.

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