Thank you for your reply.
I'm sorry to hear what you are going through.
It sounds like you have been under enormous stress.
Whether you have Cushings Disease or something else, your physical and mental condition might have to do with recent stress level as you never had this problem before.
Indeed, parents' separation and demanding coursework at UVA are causing lots of stress in you.
Your difficulty focusing may be indicative of mild depression and anxiety
Yes, you need to get a physical check-up from your primary care doctor to detect and rule out any medical condition that may cause or contribute to your current condition.
Then I would advise you to start seeing a counselor such as a counselor at your college counseling center or a licensed psychotherapist in your area.
You may ask your doctor for a psychologist/psychotherapist that you can work with weekly. Or you may call your insurance company and get a list of providers (licensed psychologists or psychotherapists) in your area.
Or, you can search a licensed psychologist on internet- such as the PSYCHOLOGY TODAY website. Go to (http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/ppc/prof_search.php?iorb=4764) and enter your zip code and optional category of specialty such as Depression. Read psychotherapists’ profile to see if he or she specializes in Cognitive-behavior therapy and Depression. You may also want to create your mental image of psychotherapist that you want to work with – Male or female? To note, many therapists offer initial consultation for free. So you can see it as an informational meeting. You can ask any question and negotiate psychotherapy fee.
If you have no health insurance or seek a low fee counseling, you may call The United Way toll free # ***** (Dial 2-1-1)to find the community mental health centers in your area in which you can get counseling even without health insurance.
Also, a heart-healthy diet like Omega 3 fatty acid may improve your brain functioning and mood. Focus on fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Choose low-fat protein sources, such as fish, lean meat and skinless poultry. Hydrate yourself during daytime.
Physical activity increases blood flow to your whole body, including your brain. This may help improve your mood.
Other recommendations are:
Avoid use of alcohol and drugs.
Sleep in complete darkness and try to be out in bright light during the day.
Spend time in nature weekly
Please let me know if you have more questions.
All the best,