Thanks so much for the suggestions on carer support - I think that is what I need most, to talk to someone else who has gone through this, especially when the journey feels like it is circular or just so arduous and slow.
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Its day two of school going back and my 16 year old girl is passed out on the couch after not being able to get up and go to school this morning. Yesterday she got herself to school but by recess was texting me that she needed to come home as she felt just 'so, so sad'. She has been diagnosed with depression and anxiety in 2020 and over the past two years has missed a lot of school. An interstate move and a start at a new school in fourth term was challenging but my daughter managed to go more days than not - has indicated she 'wants to want to go to school' - hence why we are persevering but says she feels 'sad' all the time and doesn't have the 'energy' or 'mental capacity' to face school on many days. She is on medication that was recently changed, is engaged with a psychologist that she sees via telehealth, and the private school she is at have provided support and a plan for her re-engaging with school.
I was dreading this day as I am so tired of trying to get her up and out of bed and out the door - it doesn't seem to matter what I do, she reverts to avoidance as her coping strategy. How much do I push her? I guess I am seeking advice from anyone who has battled with school refusal or 'school can't' - its heartbreaking to watch as my daughter was a high achiever and still has high expectations of what she 'should' be capable of doing. Any tips welcomed!!
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