Hello doctor, I'm a 16 year old girl, studying in Dubai. I have been noticing few rapid changes in my behavior. I was usually a very happy person, didn't have any sort of tensions, nothing at all. I used to excel in my academics, take part in many activities, but recently I find my self very withdrawn, not interested in activities that I used to enjoy a lot, not even interested in talking to my friends or my parents. I feel very sad, as if I have lost a part of me, I also become very irritated with my friends and my parents. They tell me that I've changed a lot, I can feel the change myself. I'm literally struggling to pay attention in class, I find it very difficult to relate to the things being taught. I feel very safe in my room locked up. I don't feel comfortable in the presence of many people. I get very angry for unnecessary things. I often feel that I'm going to die, I feel an urge to die. I feel very useless. It seems as though I lost the very purpose of my existence. My family has a history of mental distress. My great grand mother was treated for mania. My mom is currently being treated for Bipolar Disorder. Doctor, please help me. I don't know whether I need help or not. Hoping to receive a reply from you. Thank you very much for your time.
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