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I am 18 and a senior in high school and want to become a law enforcement officer.  Right now, with the stresses of graduating, having a girlfriend, a job, and how in the world I am going to pay for college, I am becoming edgy and angry.  I would like to go and speak with a therapist about this but my mom tells me that it will affect my future career, especially if I am diagnosed with something or put on medication.  Is this true?

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I think you are way over thinking this,take a deep breath and relax. If you have some medical issues seek a therapist for your own well being.

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BWHAHAHHAHAHHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Its simply called stress at this point. Everybody deals with it. Take a deep breath, relax and go talk to someone.


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Its called life. You may wish to re-consider a career in law enforcement if your life is that complicated. Take a deep breath and relax as others have stated.

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 My advice #1 is dump the girlfriend. A lot of stress in relationships at this point in your life. Girlfriends require a lot of time and efford.   I know I was a young girlfriend once.   As for college apply for every grant you can.  If you can't afford a 4 year college start at a community college but make sure you can transfer you credits.    My grandson graduated in Dec from James Clark School of Engineering UM (ranked 9th in the nation)  as a civil engineer.  He paid his own way except for 1 year at the community college.  He has no debt and no girlfriend to speak of.   It can be done if your determined to do it.   Good luck.  Take the others advice given here. 


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 My advice #1 is dump the girlfriend. A lot of stress in relationships at this point in your life. Girlfriends require a lot of time and efford.   I know I was a young girlfriend once.   As for college apply for every grant you can.  If you can't afford a 4 year college start at a community college but make sure you can transfer you credits.    My grandson graduated in Dec from James Clark School of Engineering UM (ranked 9th in the nation)  as a civil engineer.  He paid his own way except for 1 year at the community college.  He has no debt and no girlfriend to speak of.   It can be done if your determined to do it.   Good luck.  Take the others advice given here. 



Oh come on LadyG. . . . .you are still a young girlfriend!

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I don't advise you to dump your girlfriend, Cagefighter!  But you might dump your username! What about Uncaged? lol


Talking of stress, masses of college students go through a revolving door into the campus psych this time of year - big deal. Your average college student has to cope with a mountain of stress - the academic load, high cost, economy, working a couple of jobs, etc. heartbreaks, ad nauseum. 


So, being a high school student, if you need to go unload and get some good advice, go for it.  A law enforcement career is years away for you.  Much to see and do along the way.  Get into college and keep your nose clean. 


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I am 18 and a senior in high school and want to become a law enforcement officer.  Right now, with the stresses of graduating, having a girlfriend, a job, and how in the world I am going to pay for college, I am becoming edgy and angry.  I would like to go and speak with a therapist about this but my mom tells me that it will affect my future career, especially if I am diagnosed with something or put on medication.  Is this true?


Simply exploring your options with a mental health professional won't have any bearing on a future LE career. However, NOT seeking help if needed will most definitely have a negative impact on your future. Don't let the fear of "what if" prevent you from living a healthy and happy life.


Be smart about it and consider seeking other opinions before jumping on a medication regiment or accepting a "label" or diagnosis. Best of luck...


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You said you are becoming 'edgy and angry'. Could you explain what you mean by that?


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I am finding myself getting "snippy" with people and when I get in a bad mood it seems to spill over into everything I do - work, school, home, etc. I can't seem to shake it very well.  People tell me that I am "scary" when I get mad.  My mind is working all time time.  If something isn't wrong, I will twist it into the worst case scenario in my mind and believe that it will come true.  I don't trust anyone because of this.  My REAL question is: If I go get help for this, will it cause me not to be able to be a policeman or detective later on if I am treated for anything anger related.  If it will, I need to start thinking of another career, because more and more, I  seem to not be getting any better.

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We are given three therapy sessions a year free, no questions asked, by our department. If they were that worried about a "label" of going to therapy, they would not offer it. You are at a difficult time in your life. You have school, girl, college, future, plans to make, which requires a lot of maturity, life experience, and patience...things an 18 year old probably does not have a lot of. On top of that, your hormones are going crazy and your body and mind are going through sevearl changes right now. Get help and advice for people who have what you may be lacking (maturity, experience, patience, wisdom) and you'll be better for it. Learn to recognize good advice and have the courage to take it.

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Start running.  Running will give you peace and solitude as you train allowing you to clear your mind.  Graduating from high school and all the included testing can be stressful.  Girlfriends...... That's a whole other kind of stress.  Start running and start clearing your mind.

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BUMP to all that was said. The most important thing in your life right now is YOU. No one else really matters. Seek help and get a handle on your anger and stress. As was said while doing this EXERCISE and then benefits will calm you , get you shape and prepare you for an LEO Career Goal. Once you have released a little stress through talking to someone, then enroll in school and get your first years done . Apply for the job you want and keep your mind clear and focused. All that matters right now is YOU and your HEALTH...

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Short answer to your question: No.


Secondly, Skoolcop has an excellent suggestion. If you can run and are cleared through your primary care physician, get out and jog. If you are able, log in 30 minutes or more at a pace where could to talk to someone running beside you. Forget about distance: Run off of the clock. 30 minutes, 40 minutes or longer if you are fit enough. Running has a way of smoothing out the rough edges and balances out life's stresses.


Do this 4-6 times a week, making sure you have at least one full rest day.


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Thank you for giving a little more detail, sounds pretty normal to me. Can you give an example of one of the worst case scenarios you mentioned?


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