I am brand new to this site. The reason I just signed up is because I saw the woman who posted her daughter is scratching herself. My daughter used to only scratch, at age 9. Then, at age ten, I noticed she was picking holes in her arms and legs. She "swore" it was just mosquito bites that she couldn't stop scratching. I work in the medical field and knew she was lying. The "picking" increased rapidly. to thirty sores on each limb. Now, she has just turned thirteen and we just realized one month ago that she has been cutting her arms and legs. It is awful! We are still in shock and still going back n forth to psychiatrist to see what she really "has". So far, ADHD at age 5, OCD at age six, ODD at age 9, bipolar at age 12. When she goes into her manic states she hallucinates and writes REALLY disturbing thing on paper, things that genuinely scare us. I just want the moms out there to know...if your child is scratching or picking, it will lead to cutting and I have also heard that cutting leads to worse things also! It is devastating and terrifying but make SURE you get her diagnosed and in therapy and on meds if needed. My daughter was on ten different meds thru course of her life. The last one that just STOPPED working was Resperidone. She is now on Clonidine. It helps her sleep at night, but she still becomes violent and aggressive and her grades have drastically dropped this year. To all the moms and dads who are watching their daughters hurt themselves, I feel your pain and I still just don't understand it! It is truly awful!View Thread
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