... recently told me she has been doing this, and I would like her (and her family) to find positive help on line. Thanks, Kathy
Hello. Sadly this is more common than you may think. The best course of action is for her to have a therapist to talk with. There is something that deeply troubles her and she needs to speak confidentially to a professional.
This is an important family dynamic and cannot be supported with conversations of young people. Though they share their troubles, without a real moderator they can go even darker and more depressed. Personally I would not go that route. If you really think it would help I would suggest contacting her doctor who is treating this condition and he can suggest local groups. We did that when my daughter had cancer and it helped as others her age were present and shared a bit. Mostly the parents needed the education of correcting family dynamics and the kids talked with a Moderator. Not that it is the same but it was safe for all. I would be very careful using google and if the site was not associated with a major hospital or treatment facility.
a friends daughter did go through this stage as a young teen. The home, which seemed normal and we were there many times, turned out to be full of anger, dysfunction, tantrums, physical and verbal abuse. The girl was reported at school to a counselor and she received treatment based on that. parents had a lot to learn and she is now a fine twenty something with a job and a good life ahead of her. Without the intervention and the parents working at correcting things she would not have made it out of high school. It was pretty bad.
To do this effectively the family has to know it is all of them, not the daughter. I do hope she receives proper treatment and that her therapist will be able to suggest an appropriate group for her.
I do appreciate your concern for her well being and happiness. It is difficult to watch. There may well be others to tell of their own experience with cutting and what aided them. Perhaps they can help. Wishing the family and yourself peace and healing. Karen
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