I fear for my daughter

Stacy - posted on 04/22/2014 ( 4 moms have responded )

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My 14 yr old daughter self harms, cutting primarily but has also burned and bruised herself. She suffers from very low self esteem thinking she is ugly and overweight, weighing only 122 lbs. she has been on medications, 4 hospitalizations, and currently has 3 therapists around the clock. But it still continues. She will not talk to any of us. No one knows other than the body image issues why he does this. I have had doctors tell me she is the worst case they have seen for her age but at a loss as to how to help her. I am very afraid she is going to go to far. I am terrified of losing my daughter. Mentally I am exhausted. Any suggestions, prayers, anything...thank you :)

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Stacy - posted on 04/22/2014

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Thank you Anna! I will definitely do this. I have been at such a loss any information is wonderful to me.

Anna - posted on 04/22/2014

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Hi Stacy, you may want to pursue the BPD theory more aggressively and ask why it is on the backburner. DBT has very good results for borderline personality disorder. Try to find a therapist who specializes in DBT and has him/her to evaluate your daughter.

Stacy - posted on 04/22/2014

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Actually both of those have been discussed in her therapy but it seems as though they always put it on the back burner

Anna - posted on 04/22/2014

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Look up Borderline Personality Disorder and learn about it. Also, make sure she is enrolled in some DBT therapy. She also may need to be evaluated by a neuropsychiatrist for medication. Support her health with good nutrition, helping her get some kind of exercise, ensuring that TV / computer are off and she is in a dark room at a reasonable hour, even if she is not ready to sleep. Light/dark cycles are very important for brain chemistry and when sleep schedules are messed up and people are in front of screens at all hours of the night, they show symptoms of bipolar disorder and emotion dysregulation. I am not saying your daughter has bipoloar, but it sure does seem like she has Borderline Personality Disorder.

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