I make certain to have my patients see their medical doctor to rule out a medical cause of their psychiatric complains. Once that is done I feel comfortable treating the psychiatric problem.
So, get evaluated by your family doc then call a psychologist.
Hope this helps!
Thank you for the question and I hope the response was helpful.
Each state has different guidelines on when children can seek mental health treatment and be considered an adult in terms of their privacy. Ask the provider what the laws governing privacy in your state are.
For minors, what I do is discuss the law with the parents and child, but create a sense of privacy and safety for the child to be open so they do not feel like I am going to share everything with their parents. I let everyone know that there are certain things I must tell parents, such as anything dangerous or life-threatening going on, but I'd like to keep other less concerning things between the child and this writer. At the end of each session, I will provide an update on areas which we have all agreed is open for discussion. I know I can't develop a good relationship with the child if I am telling their parents everything; it's a balance that parents must learn to tolerate and trust.
I hope this is helpful.
Take care and that was a great question!