Hi Wundermumma I can relate to this with my 17 year old. I just let her get into trouble at school as they have a strict uniform policy and she wont listen to me. She has had a few detentions and figure she will have to deal with the consequences of her actions. Sometimes its about picking which battle to fight. Good luck
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My 17 year old daughter has been seeing counsellors/psychologists/psychiatrists on and off for 7 years. She was diagnosed with anxiety and depression about 2 years ago and has been on medication since. COVID has been really hard for her ( we are in VIC ) and her anxiety has ramped up. We went back to the psychiatrist few months ago, who has increased her medication but it doesn't seem to be helping. She was also seeing the psychiatrist for " counselling" as she refused to start talking to someone new. She has problems sleeping - staying up til 3am scrolling through her phone as she has told me that she has to do this to take away the anxiety as she cant sleep. She has a PT job, but spends all week worrying about going to work. I suggested that if it is to stressful, she should quit but she wont do that as she is saving for a car. She worries about friendship issues at school, she doesn't eat properly and is generally a " mess". I was hoping that going back to face to face learning would help, bit today she has stayed home saying it is all too hard. Bottom line is I feel so helpless. She says she has nothing to look forward to in life so what's the point. She is refusing any more counselling as she says it never helps and that she has accepted that her life is going to be "**bleep**". She stays in her dark bedroom, on her phone and hardly engages with the family. I feel like she is slipping down a big hole and I cant help her out. Has anyone else been in this situation or got any advice for me ? Thanks for reading.
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