Teen mental health
Posted: Thu Aug 26, 2021 4:12 pm
Hi this is my first post . My daughter has always been overly anxious but she still managed school and socially . 5 years ago she started to decline , since then she has struggled with agoraphobia, eating disorder , self harm , suicidal ideation , depression, trichotilomania, general anxiety disorder . I have been her only carer at home with added (limited) support from Camhs and eating disorder team . This year she made progress and started to go on small walks near the house but everything stopped again 2 months ago . She no longer goes out, doesn’t meet friends , struggles with food , struggles with body image , depression etc etc etc . My entire life the past 5 years has been devoted to supporting and encouraging her , I’ve listened to professional advice and followed every step . I don’t understand what I’m doing wrong but clearly I’m failing her . I now feel depressed , hopeless and everyday I just long for bedtime and then I pray she won’t keep me awake all night with panic attacks . I feel selfish for feeling that . It’s been years now and I miss my daughter , I miss going places with her , laughing and holidays . I want what’s best for her , but I’m not sure it’s me any longer . I’m exhausted. I know I’m her mum , this is my role . I love her so much but I don’t know what else I can do to help her .