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A 16-year-old male asked:

is having multiple mild mental illnesses something serious? i haven't been diagnosed by a psychologist but based on observing my behaviour i may have mild symptoms of multiple anxiety disorders, ocd, bipolar, and schizophrenia. i am 16 y/o?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without additional history, physical examination and may be some tests. It would be prudent to see a doctor, preferably a psychiatrist. Wish you good health!
Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
It is not likely to have more than one psychiatric disease and they all have specific diagnosis criteria that have to be met. Best would be to discuss your symptoms with your pediatrician who can further clarify in proper context.

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