My 13 year old daughter has depression and anxiety.

Cynthia - posted on 06/02/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hi all.I am sincerely worried about my 13 year old daughter..she has severe depression and anxiety,i havent got her out the house in over a month,She is too anxious to go to school,we have CAMHS the school counsilor,2 mental health nurses and a phychiatrist trying to help me help my daughter,but i cant even get her to the doctors or to her appointments.Its hard as i too have anxiety and depression,any ideas on how i can help my daughter get happy and healthy again.. Thankyou,Cyn..

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Janae - posted on 06/03/2014

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Hi Cynthia,

It is hard when you watch your child go through these things, but what I want to point out to you is this. Once she start prescription drugs the medicine gets into her system, and hit the brain stem, things start to change again. Some of the medicines the doctors prescribe for depression and anxiety causes permanent brain damage. I would try to get someone that she really trust to speak with her and find out if someone has threatened her, or may have done bodily or mental harm to her. I would also, remove artificial foods, sodas, sweets and food with certain dye in them from her diet and use homegrown or organic foods that will help boost the brain and raise her serotonin level. Let her know that you have dealt with and may still be going through some of the things she is dealing with now, and when she talks really listen. Our children don't explain things the way we do, and they believe that we are going to judge them on what they do and say. Reassure her you are there to listen and to help her through the darkness and together you both will come to the light and be happier for it. Using mental health nurses and psychiatrist, I would not do that to her, you be her counselor or someone you know she really trust and let them talk with her and relay the conversation back to you and then you will have a better understanding of what your child is really going through. I will pray for you both and may you both find the light at the end of the tunnel .

Stephanie - posted on 06/02/2014

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Getting her to her appointments with the psychiatrist & mental health nurses will help. Just try to explain to her that they're there to help her handle her anxiety better, & even if she doesn't think it will help, she has to give it time. (I mean a year or so, not just a couple months.)

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