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Anxiety and Stress Disorders (Children)

Harmful Anxiety



Over the internet I have been talking to this girl for 5 yrs. When I finally met her she said she has an anxiety disorder. She would make herself vomit when she did something wrong or cut herself badly. How can I get her to stop? Where is a treatment center that I could take her that she would feel comfortable? She is 15 yrs old.


Well the symptoms you describe are certainly consistent with serious mental health problems, some of which may be anxiety related. Your friend should seek out a mental health professional either through her school or in the community, called a community mental health center. She should inform her parents/guardians about her need to harm herself so that they can assist her by knowing the serious nature of her problems.

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Response by:

Floyd R Sallee, MD
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati