My baby will be 11 years old next Tuesday. She's already "blossoming" into a young lady. She's not "started" yet, but it could be right around the corner or it could still be a couple of years. How can you tell if what your daughter is going through is regular ol' hormones, depression or something worse?
She is so sweet & funny 50% of the time, but that other half she is testing at best and manic at worst. She is medicated for ADHD. I do believe some of her uncontrollable emotions are a side-effect to coming off her meds in the evenings. We tried changing her meds last spring and it was a disaster. While she was much easier to handle emotionally, her focus and drive were railroaded. Since being diagnosed and medicated, she has ALWAYS exceeded expectations on her standardized testing and maintained mostly A's with just a couple of B's here and there. Last year's CRCT (taken while messing w/ her meds) scores were WAY less than desirable. She barely met expectations in all subjects. While I was disappointed, she was devastated. She was so upset with herself. All I could say was "Honey, keep in mind this was when we were trying a different medicine. I'm not upset with you. Don't beat yourself up. You'll do so much better this year." She's terrified that they will "kick her out" of the gifted program. So needless to say, we don't want to start messing with her meds again, if we can help it.
But something has got to give. She flies off the handle if she stubs her toe. She screams that I hate her and that she wants to kill herself when she gets in trouble. She is constantly antagonizing her sister. She's never been good at taking responsibility for her actions, although I always try to hold her accountable. When she flies into one of her rages, I've gotten into the habit of immediately sending her to her room to calm down and to keep myself from losing it too. She'll usually come back down less than 5 min. later and apologize, but then often doesn't even remember what she's sorry for or what set her off. I've tried talking to her about thinking before speaking and taking deep breaths.
I'm certain she would benefit from some therapy or counseling. My insurance doesn't cover it, but my mom has offered to help pay for it. I just don't even know where to start. I don't want her to grow up having uncontrollable anger issues....it does happen to run on both sides of her family. As does depression, even though some family members believe it's a bogus medical condition. Considering my history, I don't want her to have to fight this battle for the rest of her life and I don't want to feel like I need to defend her and make excuses for her either.
I don't want to put another label on her or over medicate her. When I talk to the pediatrician about it, I feel like she thinks I'm lacking as a mom. That I should be able handle her with redirection and consequences. I feel lost. I feel inadequate. I just want her to be happy...and not feel drawn to "other" activities to find her happiness. Any words of advice on where to begin would be great.
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