05-26-2018 03:17 PM
05-26-2018 03:49 PM
I can’t begin to imagine your situation, it seems that you are overwhelmed and you are right, you too have feelings and you are a person that also needs care.
If possible, make sure that your daughter can be with someone where she is safe, even in the house, in another room for a few minutes, it is good that you take these few minutes to yourself to do your meditation, your breathing exercises to ground yourself and get back on the game ready to use your wise mind and not your emotional (Which understandably is very high). Nothing wrong with crying, it doesn’t mean you are weak, don’t feel bad about yourself.
You seem to be doing what you can. I imagine its hard to wanting to communicate and being shut down. I hope someone can give you a better advice, I just needed to reach out to you as many times I felt the same way.
05-26-2018 03:55 PM - edited 05-26-2018 04:02 PM
Hey @Le-cheile, I am sorry to hear that this is something you are going through. It is so hard when the people we love (especially our children) start to harm themselves. You sound like you have been really proactive in seeking help for your daughter through coping resources, the GP and CAMHS. It is also really important that you are looking after yourself at this time, as it is difficult for you too, so EAP may be a really great way to get some extra support. It can be so challenging to have tough conversations with our kids as we hate to see them in pain or struggle and we can feel it through them. This may be a very reasonable explanation for your reaction and in recognition of your want to change this, how do you think that is to be achieved?
Here is an article on supporting a teenager who uses self harm, let us know if you find it useful. Every situation is different although connection, empathy and communication are awesome. Sometimes if you are unsure of how best to help your daughter, just ask
Safety is paramount, so if you ever feel like medical attention is required or thoughts of suicide/suicidal behavior is present, please call 000.
05-30-2018 06:19 AM
05-30-2018 01:45 PM
@Le-cheile I can only echo what others have already said - thank you for opening up with conversation though, it's a really important one. Looking after yourself while you navigate the complexities of your teen's mental health is crucial.
@Tulip that's a really difficult situation too - that feeling of not being able to "do more" must be really painful.
Like you've said of @Le-cheile , it sound's like you're giving your daughter all the right supports, with a psychologist and psychiatrist - that in and of itself will show your daughter that you care, and are supporting her.
You might both be interested in a discussion we had over here about self-harm with other members of the forum a few weeks ago. You'll find that it's a really common concern for parents on this forum. People have shared really valuable insights and skills - please feel free to add your own as well.
05-30-2018 04:31 PM
07-24-2018 05:51 AM
I am reading this tears.
I also discovered my 12 year old self harm, looks like she started 3 weeks back at a sleep away camp. She has always been shy and nervous since she was a baby. She is academic very advanced and very good at emotional writing. I always associated her emotion like artist, it will always be her big obstacle in her life.
She has always been very close to me and my husband. My husband is the nicest person in this world. They are very close. They are connected in a playful ways, they play video game, read the same books, and daddy is listening all the songs she is listening to.
Whenever she has emotional problem, she comes to me, we do a lot of girl talk.
All this sounds good.
There is one problem, I am 95% perfect mom, close to her heart, 5% I can be very short tempered, when she is under pressure and under stress, I can not handle.
Whenever I break down, I am very frustrated, feel horrible I failed her and this happy family. I always tell my husband she and I are the same.
So when I saw her self harm( I have not found a plan how to go about helping her yet) , I always feel most likely it is caused by me, by me adding her pressure that she is bad at dealing with in the first place. That feeling makes me really sad.
07-24-2018 06:03 AM
after this 3 weeks sleep away camp, she came home with a big change. She is on the chat all the time. She had this problem before, but it was problem only 1 or 2 hours a day. Now she is on it all the time. It is like she is obsessed.
After I found she self harm, I feel so sorry for her, so I changed my approach dealing with the on line chatting. Even she was on it for 1 hour, I would still patiently said to her, last 20 minutes, I hugged her 100 times a day. I made her to tell me what is bothering her, and told her my suggestion. That one afternoon, she was happy as she was 10. I was so happy.
But she still chat a lot. If I stop her too many times ( she is on it so long, I already only stop problem 1/10 times that I wanted her tell her), then I realized that totally annoyed her. She harmed herself, telling her online friends that " she is yelling, now I am doing it" Now I am facing this dilemma "should I stop her phone usage or not?"
Anybody spent that much time chatting in the virtual world, it is hard to stay mentally happy.
If I stop her, I am adding her stress.
I am also not sure if I should start limiting the phone usage( remove the dataplan), shut down the WIFI at some hours. If I did not find her self harm, I probably would interfere already.
Now I am struggling to find a way that I can limit her online time, at the same time not add a big fight.
I registered her as many sport activities I can. Try to change her ambitious online math class to a human tutor. I know it will be a long battle.
Anyone has good suggestion about limiting online chatting?