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My daughter is severely depressed. Looking back, I can see it happening but was too wrapped up in other things to notice the extent of it until I saw that she had started cutting. Background: the past two years have been so hard. We've moved four times and ended up living with family for a year, which was so very stressful for us. In addition to the family stress, her peer group got weird--cliquey and distant. A boy messed with her head in a major way, and we'll. .. She is 17. So over the last year, and particularly the last six months, she stayed in her room alot. I let her because the living situation was stressful but I think the isolation made it was worse. So now we have been trying to get help for about the last 4 1/2 months. Prozac made her terribly terribly sick. Her first two therapists were a bust. She is now in week six of zoloft..Just going up to 100 mg from 50 starting today. So far no effect. She liked her 3rd therapist n but we just moved to different state so I'm trying to find a new one. She hates the idea of therapy. Hates the idea of opening up, being vulnerable. Before this depression, she told me everything. We could talk for hours, she valued my opinions etc. Now she doesn't like me, blames me for her "shelteredness", mistakes my quirky goofiness for stupidity etc. She literally is acting like the epitome of an angry spoiled teen. Very self centered. Soooo not her. A huge party of what, imo, has made things worse over the last six months wad social media and music. She really got obsessed with twenty one pilots. While some of their music is about trying to overcome the depressing thoughts. .. She seems to have taken on the persona of what a lot of their followers are--depressed angry etc. I just need help and hugs. She is to a point of not wanting to get better. She admits to just wanting to wallow in "her crazy mind". I am sick over this. She is (h as always been) sweet, loving, selfless, practical and optimistic. She is now the polar opposite of all of those.
I happened on this book at the library while looking for something else and was caught by the title: Dyslogic Syndrome: Why Millions of Kids are "Hyper," Attention-Disordered, Learning Disabled, Depressed, Aggressive, Defiant, or Violent--and What We Can Do About It by Bernard Rimland. I have not finished it yet. Rather than say more at this point, other than that it is changing how I am thinking about a lot of things I see IRL and read on these boards, I'd like to put it out here and hope that others will read it too and then want to discuss it. And maybe it can help somebody here. Here is a link: http://www.amazon.com/Dyslogic-Syndrome-Attention-Disordered-Aggressive-Violent/dp/1843108771
Hello, well, I had posted a few times about my son who has been struggling with his grief over losing his father suddenly to a heart attack two and a half years ago. He has been seeing a wonderful therapist who recently recommended that I take him to see a psychiatrist for an evaluation for possible anti-anxiety medication. So..I would like for him to finish his ninth grade with a good feeling of accomplishment but he is struggling with his two online classes. He has done very little reading for the Great Books class and is falling way behind on the vocabulary and grammar drills for the Latin class. So I think I will let him drop them. They are very challenging academically and fast paced. I am afraid that they have been overwhelming him and increasing his anxiety level. However, I don't want him to feel like he was not capable of doing them if I were to let him drop them and also what should he do for the rest of the year? He is at the point where he doesn't feel like reading very much nor writing. The only thing he seems to be enthusiastic about doing is the Daily Grams (a grammar workbook) and maybe reading the Lord of the Rings. How would that look on his transcript though? If he were to drop the two online classes, I would make it clear to him that they were for medical reasons, and that he still would get credit for ninth grade English as long as he completed the grammar workbook and read a few books and did book reports. That way, he would not blame himself for not being able to keep up with the classes. Is that sufficient for a decent 9th grade course? It's difficult for me as a teacher because it's not as if he is severely depressed to the point where he can't get out of the house or something and he is doing well with his two outside classes at an university model school so I don't want to start a precedent of having him give up on a class if it's a bit too much work but at the same time I an concerned about getting him to heal. It's a tough judgement call for me. I am just feeling that even if he were to get on anti anxiety medications or any other medications soon, he is running out of time to do make up work for the two online classes and also I am feeling that he is at the point where he is so anxious about them that the classes are ruined for him, kwim? So I guess I just really wish that we could take one or two months off right now and then pick up the classes again and maybe just finish them late into the summer but that's just the nature of the online classes and also of any brick and mortar classes that he will have to take eventually in the future. Ugh.