Hi, I just joined, I need opinions about how to approach my 13 yr old Daughter. She is withdrawn,sad and doesn't want to do anything within the family. I have spoken with her friends Moms and they told me she is feeling sorry for herself and her friends feel that drags them down. She is missing alot of school due to tiredness and other made up stuff. She will be failing a few clases because of her missed days. I need to know how to bring this personality issue up without hurting her feelings?

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S. - posted on 01/18/2013

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Bless her growing up is horrible enough with out dealing with stuff like that, if it is depression maybe she would benefit from some counselling and you could get help in helping her, I'd be put of medication too but it's a chemical imbalance and if that's what she really needed maybe it would be the better route. I don't know I'd need a lot of advice from the doctors.
Also maybe once she has something diagnosed her friends mums could help her friends understand what she is going through a bit more and help her out because it would be a real shame if she looses her friends over something like this.

S. - posted on 01/17/2013

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She sounds like she has depression, which isn't unusual in teenage, hormonal girls. Read up on it then talk to her and if its what you think might be wrong make a appointment for your GP.

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Vina - posted on 01/24/2013

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Update on Cassidy, I called her school and the Principal has been keeping an eye on her, he has noticed that she spends alot of time on her own there too. I am in close contact with her friends Moms so they are aware of this. I am taking her to the Doctor here soon and I will request counselling together or on her own. When her and I spoke about it she said she feels overwhelmed at school and not sure if she is going to pass most of her classes. I told her I am by her side no-matter what and together we will get through this hard time. Thanks Moms for your input this helped me a lot!!

Vina - posted on 01/17/2013

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Yes I looked up depression and young girls and she does have all the signs. I will take her to the GP but not sure what he will do, don't want meds for her but we will decide that when the time comes. Cassidy has been through so much in her life allready and I am wondering now if she has come through it ok. We lost my Mom on Christmas day 2008 then not even 4 months later my Nephew was killed, and more then that as well. After my Mom passed our family all went there seperate ways so there is issues of abandoment too.. she may be STUCK in that pain somewheres? I Thank you for your input and look foward to hearing from you again.

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