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taychahan
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Behavior Issues related to Depression?? or Bipolar??

Posted by @taychahan, Sep 21, 2012

My 10 year old daughter was diagnosed with depression this year and is on 75 mg of Zoloft a day. She also goes to counseling once a week. The past few months have been really bad with her behavior from lying to stealing. We do not know of anything going on outside of the home (no one has told us) but at home she is unbelievable! Even while she is being punished, she continues to lie and steal. Yesterday, my son calls me to tell me that she is trying to burn the house down because she could not go somewhere. WE ARE AT OUR WITS END!!! What do we do now????? HELP!

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Ann Heaney
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Posted by @annheaney, Sep 21, 2012

If I were you I would talk to your daughter’s counselor alone. I also suggest that you tell him/her that she lies and steals. If this counselor cannot help her change then I suggest that you talk to her doctor and get a therapist for her. Bilpolar is a serious mood disorder. It is similar to schizoaffective disorder, which is what I have. I have been fortunate to have good psychiatrists and therapy since my symptoms started to lead me down the wrong road. You need to run in the right circle of doctors and therapists. Ask for referrals and referrals of referrals. Con-
sider what I have said


taychahan
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Posted by @taychahan, Sep 25, 2012

Thank you for your adivce! I just don’t know where to begin here. But you have given me pointers in the right direction!


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Posted by @annheaney, Sep 25, 2012

I hope that my advice is helpful. Maybe you could break up the process that I men-
tioned into smaller steps. Glad to hear that you liked my post. I have chronic mental illness myself and know what it is like. It takes a lot of patience and per-
sistance. I pray right now that you and your daughter will do what needs to be done. Bipolar Disorder is something that most people have to spend years on. My illness, which is similar, requires that I will probably need treatment for the rest of my life. But only a mental health professional can answer what is involved. I am speaking on my experience which is limited compared to a psychiatrist and mental therapist. Good luck. You daughter will feel better.

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Ann Heaney
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Posted by @annheaney, Oct 5, 2012

taychahan, How are things going now? I hope that your daughter’s disorder is being treated by health care professionals and that it is helpful. I just said a prayer for your daughter’s situation.


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Posted by @piglit, Sep 21, 2012

Hi as having worked with children I would maybe suggest getting a behavioural assessment done. This may help. Hope things improve for you soon it is such a difficult time for you and the family. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Here if you need to talk Take care Piglit


taychahan
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Posted by @taychahan, Sep 25, 2012

THANKS!!! I just wish I knew who to call here! I must go investigate!


piglit
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Posted by @piglit, Sep 25, 2012

Hi your general hospital may be able to advise you as to where to go or you own dr
Good luck Take care Piglit

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lain59
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Posted by @lain59, Oct 7, 2012

Yes, it is a great idea. They do need occupational therapy but money stops us.


lain59
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Posted by @lain59, Oct 7, 2012

However, I do what I can.


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Posted by @lain59, Sep 30, 2012

Do try to get a second opinion. If she is Bipolar as both my sons are, a serotonin uptake inhibitor will cause mania. My youngest stabilized from rages almost instantly on Lamactal and my eldest on Abilify. Stay calm. You are NOT alone.


lain59
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Posted by @lain59, Sep 30, 2012

By the way, The Bipolar Child is a book I highly recommend. It is the only one of its kind. Bipolar children react differently than adults. Depression and anger are hand in hand.

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