10-08-2016 04:30 AM
10-10-2016 02:37 PM
Hi @Concernedmum, sounds like you're already in the right head space with trying to help your daughter and noticing changes in her behaviour which is great!
Early teens go through so many emotional changes it can be so hard to tell where they are at emotionally. Luckily it seems like you have a very open relationship with your daughter and she is happy to talk to you about her emotions, perhaps you could continue the conversation from her mentioning bipolar? She might be open to you taking her to get proffesional guidance?
Is she coming with you overseas? That could be a nice break away from all the home pressures and social hang ups - this would be a great time to spend qualitiy time together relaxing and also talking about her emotions and setting you both up for some positive change and professional help upon return
10-10-2016 08:36 PM
@Concernedmum it is hard for teens to make friends especially when someone is quite and introvert. May be you can have a look at this:
I think it is good for teens to have a some co-curriculum activities where they can meet peers with the same interests. Why did your daughter quit dancing? Can she pick it up or is there any other activities she can do?
It's good that you are on good terms with her. You can be her friend at least. Is she interested in going out with you? My daughter has a period when she loves to go out with me and meet my friends and listen to adults talking. She is still very keen on checking my social media accounts.
10-14-2016 10:33 PM
10-17-2016 03:19 PM
Hi @Concernedmum, how are things going overseas? Would love to ask you some questions about your travel experiences, but might save that for another thread!
It's interesting that your daughter thinks she might have bipolar. It sounds like she recognises that something doesn't feel right and has been doing a bit of online research. I'd chalk that up as a positive, because it indicates she doesn't want to continue feeling these emotions and is more likely to seek help. Really the only way to know for sure if she has bipolar or another mood disorder is to take her to a GP. Do you think she would be open to that? The likely outcome is that a GP will provide a referral to a psychologist for a diagnosis. It's important that note that if she does have bipolar, it is manageable. There are lots of treatment and support options, some of them are outlined here.
If your not at the GP stage just yet, perhaps we could talk about some things to try to help her manage her emotions better?
10-31-2016 03:33 PM
11-02-2016 02:06 PM
@Concernedmum that sounds like such a difficult sittuation.
It's interesting that you state she seems to have lost interest in things and isn't showing empathy like you're used to from her. As you said it's definetely worth talking to her once she is settled back. Sounds like you're very switched on to her emotionally though which is great.
So sorry to hear about your dogs accident too! Hope the pup is on the mend!
04-06-2017 02:13 AM
I am so pleased that you had a great break together, that your daughters way of being was lighter, it's a challenge being a teen at the best of times. You sound like you have a good plan with a Gp visit! And have you spoken to the school , you said grades had dropped, maybe you have - contact there would support you and your dUghter whilst you investigate further, - good news is your daughter goes to school, that's awesome. I do hope you get some answers soon and in the meantime the communication and relationship with your daughter is so important. Do your have support with that or need help?