Our expert says:
It makes good sense, doesn't it, for you to seek professional help ? And if your troubles are affecting your work, it makes excellent sense for your boss to suggest this, too. I see no good reason for you not to see a good local shrink for a proper assessment and treatment, which could benefit you a lot.
Its usually not a good idea to share intimate details of your problems with your boss, especially not in writing, as this could later on cause some problems with holding down a job --- and she already sounds reasonably understanding and sympathetic. Amnd you are far more than sensible enough to know that carrying on cutting and burning is a lousy option, while treatment is a good option. Shrinks are able to make it easier for you to gradually open up to them, so don't use any sense of discomfort in talking about your problems be an excuse not to see a good professional. This is urgent, and could help you to feel much better much sooner. Imagine if someone else discovered you harming yourself in the toilets at work --- they'd freak out, and that wouldn't be helpful at all.
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