It is important for you and her father to get counseling too - to learn how to best support your daughter at home.
Is your daughter in an intensive outpatient program? I hope she is learning some good skills that will help her.
What do you think about her psychiatrist? Does she have one that works well with adolescents? Medication is a big piece to the "healthy" puzzle too.
Have you reached out to your local NAMI ? I found great local support with ours. Here is a link to find one near you. http://www.nami.org/Find-Support/Teens-and-Young-Adults They have great in person support meetings that can help you not feel so alone, AND find local doctors that others have found work well with youth.
Take care, and write back anytime! -KathleenView Thread
I'm so sorry to hear about your daughter. Yes, there are a lot of us parents out here.
That's great you've found a therapist to work with your daughter, does your daughter respond well to her? Has the therapist spent time with you alone, giving you support and strategies to help your daughter at home?
*sigh*, I hear you, this is not an uncommon occurrence.
I have been a member of The Balanced Mind for over 8-years, and I highly suggest you looking into this wonderful organization! http://www.thebalancedmind.org/
They have a bunch of online support communities that have not only provided me with friendship and support (from other parents who truly get it), but knowledge and insight into my daughters struggles. They have a online community called "Complementary Health" that talks a lot about supplements and alternative approaches.
Aww, I'm sorry to hear this, sadly it is not uncommon in this day and age
I would highly encourage you to seek treatment for you daughter. I would make some calls and speak with several counselors / therapists to make sure they work a lot with adolescents and understand the challenges teens face today. Finding a good fit for your daughter is key, that's why I would suggest speaking with several before choosing one.
You should also speak with her school counselor and make them aware of what is happening there and how it is making your daughters life so very difficult. If you can, I'd document it with letters/emails so you have a trail of info in case you need it in the future.
Take care, I understand how hard this all can be ((Hugs)) -KathleenView Thread
I would continue talking with him and encouraging him to speak to your parents. He could send them an email, or write them a letter if that would be easier then talking straight out to them.
Depression is real and without help, support and understanding can lead to more severe depression, because the person begins to feel more and more isolated and alone - you probably know this already.......keep encouraging your brother to reach out.
Does he have any uncle or someone close to him he can go to instead of your parents? A coach, a Pastor, or friends parent?
I have been dealing with my daughter's mental health struggles for over 7-years now, I'd like to say it's getting easier, but it isn't.
Honestly, my saving grace has been the online organization, http://www.thebalancedmind.org/ The parents on the support groups GET IT! They live the same kind of life day in and day out. They offer up support, ideas and can commiserate with any situation. I highly suggest you look into a membership - its quite reasonable, $5.00 per month, and if you can not afford it, there are scholarships available.