02-04-2018 10:32 AM
Hi I’m new to this forum. I have two children, the eldest has depression and sees a psych and only Three days ago started antidepressants. So for many years we have battled her ups and downs. My other child is an over cater and over pleaser. Doing year 12. She’s suffered a lot and bottled it up. To add to the worries she bares her friend tried to harm herself just before Easter and is now in hospital. We’re talking but I’m scared for her, because she is burying everything because she is scared that if she brings it all to the surface she will stop coping with school. Anyone been through this or something similar and got any ideas.
04-04-2018 12:54 PM
Welcome to the Forums.
It sounds like you have a good relationship with your children. Even though your daughter is burying things, it seems like she has told you about her fears of how this will impact her.
One resource that comes to mind, which you could pass on to your daughter is ReachOut which is aimed at young people. It might help her get a better understanding of what's going on with her friend and it also have an online forum like this where she can connect with others who are going through similar things.
There are a few members that have children around a similar age - Do any members have additional advice for Annie?
22-04-2018 09:50 PM
Hi @Annie67 and welcome to the forums ..... 👋
We ar battling a mental health issue in my husband, but it has impacted on our now adult kids as well. Our youngest and second youngest were struggling in the last couple of years at high school (and still are) ..... but they also had to keep themselves bottled up to even graduate.
Perhaos what does happen though, is that some of the emotions that they have to not unpack wholesale can “leak” out, if you like, through other therapeutic mediums, because we are holistic creatures.
Massages, listening to music (both kids now avidly listen to classical piano music through earbuds), distractions in areas of interest like gaming, art, craft, movies, physical activity ..... all the sorts of things that help to create lifestyle balance also have a healing quality to them .... a nurturing quality .... and they can reach into her pain core and help support it to get her through her critical year of study.
Meditation or mindfulness aps like Smiling Mind could be good, if it interests her ....
24-04-2018 02:04 AM
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