My daughter, any opinions?
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|Wed, 10-01-2003 - 11:07am|
This is my first post on here. I've been looking all over the net for information. I would love some opinions. My daughter is 10 years old. She is very mature for her age. She got her period at 9 years old! She's 5'3" about 125lbs and wears a size 11 tennis shoe! She's not overweight just very big boned (after her father). I seriously think she has bouts with depression. Over the last couple of years she has shown the signs of manic-depression. Gosh, that sounds so horrible to say but from what I've been reading that's what they call it. She has 2 or 3 days where she is "on top of the world". Very self-confident, talks very fast and constantly, wants to always "go somewhere or do something". These days are great, I love it.
Then, bam....out of nowhere, she doesnt want to do anything. Last nite was the county fair nite (which she has always loved). The nite before she suddenly came down with her "neck hurts". She did not want to go to the fair. She wanted me to go ahead and take her little brother and she'd stay home. I wouldnt do that. I said we wouldnt go at all. She just kept telling me she didnt feel good. When I finally got her to say more she bursts into tears and says "I'm not pretty enough". "I dont want to have fun". Of course I told her how ridiculous she was being and that she was a very pretty girl. Her little brother (6) carried on so about not going to the fair she agreed to go. She had a ball for about an hour and then bam.....a headache she wanted to go home. she got up this morning trying to get out of going to school. I'm sure I was too harsh on her but I insisted there was nothing wrong with her and she was going. We had yelling and tears but she's at school.
I'm sorry I'm taking so long. I dont know how I should handle this. Is it serious or should I consider it just part of growing up and puberty? She's always gone to a pediatrican but they have changed and we dont really have one that really knows her. What should I do?? Let it ride, take her to a therapist, get mad at her for "faking", let her get away with it? Any opinions would really be appreciated! Thanks