Looking for some insight here. My daughter's about to be 13 and has Aspergers, OCD, and Depression. She tel;ls my wife how she thinks about what it would be like to cause her harm, doesn't love her, doesnt think she ever did, and other awful, devastating things for any parent to hear.My daughter was such a sweet child up until about 7 months ago and then this happened. SHe is not violent. She is actually incredibly empathetic, which makes this so confusing. She doesn't think she will do this in reality, but rather gets caught up in thinking about over and over in her head and focuses in on the thought.
My wife, however, has to listen to this over and over every day, multiple times a day. My daughter is very help[ful, but when her brain rests it starts thinking about this HARM OCD stuff. And my wife is now scared to go to bed at night not because she thinks my daughter will do anything but rather the devastation and anxiety and depression she now has as a result of this traumatizing illness.
How do I support her? I have tried staying up at night with her, but I need to get up at 5 am every day and drive 2 hours to get to work. Its exhausting for me as well. I want to help but I just don't know what to say to her anymore other than "I am sorry you have to go through this". If I try to ask how it makes her feel but after so many times of asking, it becomes redundant. And i dont want to make her fear a reality in her head either.
Any meaningful suggestions? Thank you for taking the time to read this.
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