I am a weary mother of 3 teenage children. My 16 yr old daughter has exhibited signs of depression for many years . My mother, brother and my aunt all have depression although my latest therapist is trying to convince me that depression does not run in families. To answer the introduction questions: 1.-In addition to my daughter, I have 2 sons-14 and 13 yrs. My 13 yr old is quite "happy go lucky" and has promised me that he will be nice to me now that he is a teenager!! 2. I cope by running. Some mornings I run until it hurts to breathe! Being at work also helps. 3.I came to this forum because I haven't really met any other parents who understand the magnitude of the challenges that are present when dealing with a depressed teen. I am also becoming quite jealous of friends who have successful, motivated teens. Well-meaning friends tell me I am not disciplining my daughter properly. 4. Don't come to me for ANY parenting advice is the best advice I can give! 5.The best thing about weekends is I usually have to work and I have a few close friends at work that I can confide in with regards to my daughter's behavior.
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