... anti-social disorders. Or it might be bipolar with her changing symptoms (always some depression). A test she took (credible) claims that she could have intermediate to low schizoid behavior. It was also mentioned that avoidance of social situations can bring on symptoms of schizoid disorders, but can be treatable. My question is, behavior modification w/o meds worth trying? She was on prozac for IBS and that caused suicidal thoughts and depression. I can't risk another MEDICAL reaction. She just is starting to feel better. The history is lengthy and complicated but I need a place to start. Remember, am willing to listen about medications, but I need to find out how to get her diagnosed properly. Hopefully within a short time. She has been in counseling before and claimed she had nothing much to tell her counselor. I am very worried as my sister-in law is a schizophrenic
Wow. Sorry to hear of her troubles. Yes, behavior mod is exactly what will help her. Find a therapist, PhD or psychiatrist, who specializes in pediatric/children psychotherapy. Large clinics usually has someone like that. Not just anyone will help and most therapists are trained to work with adults.
Children often are changeable and what may appear as one disorder, with some work may resolve into a completely different behavior. This is a time of hormones, and social pressures. I really don't know what was credible because a paper and pencil type test is not accurate for diagnosis. There is more to diagnosis than answering questions. Affect, speech, body language are a big part of it. A skilled clinician is needed before this type of diagnosis could be considered. Please refrain from the label. Hormonal changes can mimic all kinds of things. As I recall that diagnosis is invalid until one is an adult.
The precocious puberty is another term that doesn't sound right for a 12 year old. Please seek help for her. Psychotherapy takes years to learn and the expert can explain.
When I started in psychology it seemed easy enough. When I got a DSM-IV I found that someone reading it could attribute symptoms they read to themselves. Pretty soon we are part of this or that on a given day. Diagnosis is based upon how severe a symptom is. Please be very careful tossing out a diagnosis as if it were true. You will start to see her that way and miss when she gives up a new behavior and switches to another. She needs your love and support. That will do far more for her. Then discuss with the doctor and see where it takes both of you. Good luck and write again after she has seen someone. It is a great gift to help her find her way.
Hi. Like I said, behavior mod is good.check the Dr Phil website for psychologists in your area.,interview the psychologist to see if she does that type of work and any recommendations prior to therapy. Be sure you are in the first session. Your state Board will have a listing of therapists and it will also tell you if there are complaints, disciplines etc. good thing to know.
As a mother I have this advice: take the darn phone away. She can use it for a set number of hours and same goes for TV, computer. She can earn those hours or have them taken away with chores, academics, whatever she can be successful in doing. She needs to get your approval and love on a daily basis.
When you mentioned the soiling problem, it goes hand in hand with sexual abuse. It is a major warning sign. Surely the professionals you have seen know this? What changed about two years ago? Did you move? Has hubby or someone been gone during that time? Use your intuition. You took psych and you had better use it. Stop ignoring what she is doing. She has given you plenty of clues. If you were home and she lived on her phone, it falls to you, not her. Being a parent does not create a best friend. It is the tough decisions we must make and stick with. Boundaries. Always boundaries.
As for the mental illness elsewhere in the family, stop looking for it in her. Teens are rebellious. Teens yell at parents. Teens need real structure and someone to talk to confidentially. Teens will find it elsewhere with the first boy that looks at her twice. This is mom work. I hope you understand this reminder. Never tell her she is like the Aunt or anyone else. She is her own person, precious and needing love. Mom love is a treasure. It is not too late to build that. She can change quickly with proper direction. I am sure the antidepressant will help her. She is very young to be taking it. Weaning off or not, it does affect brain development and pathways.
I encourage you to watch Dr Phil episodes, with her as well, to get an idea of what to do. Screen them in case it is too troubling. Check the board right away. Karen
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