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Need advice re; teenage daughter/She's SO SAD!

Posted by CJ Nightowl on April 26, 2003, at 0:13:34

I have a beautiful 16 yr old who has everything going for her, but she has gotton so depressed and it is ruining her! She was put on Celexa about 2 months ago, but it doesn't help too much when she is in school. The pressures of body image, friends, guys, homework, money, etc. are making her so negative and so sad and I don't know how to help her! She has a semi best friend (finally) but this friend is so much more active than she is, that she feels left out and let down. She missed 2 and a half weeks of school because of her depression and now her honors classmates have their doubts about her aptitude and are not including her in their mandated group sessions. Between her friend not meeting her at her locker anymore, the other kids not including her and liking a boy who already has a girlfriend, and she has to have a part time job because I am too depressed to hold my own job which would be to support her horse (of course:))so that she could go out and have fun being a regular, irresponsible kid..... you get the picture. Life SUCKS when you're 16 and you're a smart girl wit an expensive hobby!

I am making light of this, but please know that as we were all 16 once, it is really hard unless you happen to be Brittany Spears. My daughter has gained probably 15 pounds since she got depressed, which obviously doesn't help the situation. I can't say anything there either of course, unless I want a depressed child with an eating disorder too! I feel so powerless to help her and she won't open up to her counselor, so what do I do???

Oh the craziness of life's little rabbit holes!
Help me out here, fellow Moms and older teenage girls! I really do need some words of wisdom!




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