As someone who has had lots of experience around very close friends with very severe mental illnesses but has never experienced such a thing, I need help here…
just got off facetime with my lovely girlfriend of only about 4.5 months. shes taking pre-med and lives with a very cool family. they are Czech people who grew up in Soviet Russia essentially so they have some semi-traditional views on things but her dad is a pharmacist so I’d be hard pressed to find out he doesn’t believe in mental illness. her mom is lovely and I can only imagine she’d be supportive too.
my girlfriend has never ever told anyone that she harms herself, not even her absolute best friends that she spends so much time around so the fact that she told me means so much and I’m happy she trusts me that much.
I’ve had my suspicions that something was up because she never accepts my Compliments and always says she’s gross and so on but I made no quick judgements. tonight she spilled pretty much everything to me and told me she felt numb when she did it and because she hasn’t been doing well on her exams, she did it as “punishment.” which were her words, not mine. since she’s taking pre-med to become a pediatrician, she is very swamped with homework and Its making her very stressed but she said she’ll feel like a failure if she stops and does something like nursing instead.
main question and tldr
tldr: girlfriend told me she made small cuts on her hip, I noticed them last time we had sex and I asked what happened but I really didn’t think too much of it but she told me she made them a few days later but she said she doesn’t know why
question: what possible mental illnesses could she be experiencing? she’s actually usually very happy and lovely from what I see. she only feels terrible like this when she can’t learn new things from studying or going to class etc etc.