My 17 year-old daughter is struggling with anxiety and depression. She went from being a straight A student to barely getting out of bed in the mornings. In February, we gave her the option of enrolling in online high school and she she decided to do that this semester. Now she's halfway through and has stopped doing the work. She says she wants to drop out because it's too taxing mentally. She has seen some counselors over the past few years that she has either not connected with or refuses their suggested treatment plans. She just started seeing someone new a few weeks ago. I think she likes him, but really won't talk to us about it. We want her to both stay in school and address her mental health. But she absolutely refuses any of our suggestions, even asking her to come up with a routine and a plan to get caught up in school. By Friday, if she continues to not do her work, they will kick her out of the online school. Which will make her delinquent in the eyes of the law and we could be fined for "not sending" her to school. Two days ago she got angry over nothing and threw a plate of food on the living room floor. Tonight when trying to have a civil discussion about working on a plan to get her some relief, she overturned an entire cup of water on the table. She seems to think that eliminating school will be beneficial to her mental health, whereas that feels like a very temporary bandaid until the next stressor comes along. Sorry this is so long... I'm at the end of my rope. It's so frustrating and my husband doesn't really offer much in the idea department. He would like everything to be peaceful and calm, so his response is often, "well, what can we do?"
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