How to help a teenager with GAD

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Sami'sMom
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   Posted 10/13/2009 9:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I have a 14yr old who was diagnosed with GAD when she was 10. She has never been medicated other than when I've had to call the police on her (paramedics had to sedate her). That sounds horrible I know, but she also has PTSD and ODD and those 3 don't mix! After the diagnoses she was taught strategies to help get over the anxiety she would experience. Now that she is a teenager I find that her needs have changed and the GAD has gotten worse. She is so hypervigilant about everything around her. She can be called a name by someone and it sends her in shut down mode. Near the end of school last year, the school had to call the police and paramedics because she had locked herself in the bathroom and was curled in a fetal position in a stall.  After that she wouldn't leave the house.
 
The dr's haven't wanted to do long term medication therapy as they say not enough studies have been done on the long term effects on children and I don't want to medicate if I don't have to. Honestly is scares me. Are there any suggestions on strategies that I can try with her? Puberty is hard as it is, but when there are mental health issues involved it makes it all the more challenging!
 
PS we have tried counselling for many years even before diagnoses, but she isn't open to it at the moment.
 
Thanks
Tanya

Mom to 5 special children
 14yr old- GAD, PTSD, ODD, LD
 12 yr old- Crohn's Disease-total Colectomy Feb 09, PTSD, Dystymia, JRA, Asthma
 11 yr old- Globally Developmentally Delayed, Low Cognitive Functioning, PTSD
 10 yr old(almost)- Epilepsy, Unspecified Social/Emotional Disorder, PTSD, LD
 32mth old-Bright and Happy


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   Posted 10/14/2009 4:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Good Mornig and welcome to HealingWell.  It sounds like you are a wonderful Mother and that you are doing all your can for your daughter.
 
I know physicians do not like to use medications but perhaps you would do well to get another opinion as she is older now and the problems seem to be causing her more pain.  It is not fun to have such a tough dx.
 
Also you mentioned therapy.............has she ever been in group therapy with some of her peers?  Sometimes it is good to know others your age have the same kind of problems to deal with as you do.
 
I hope another member has some ideas for you but please know that I care and do keep talking with us for your own sake.  You need support too.
 
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Sami'sMom
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   Posted 10/14/2009 9:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your reply.
 
She did do group therapy numerous times. Her longest stretch was for about 9mths when she lived in a Pre-Adolescent Treatment Program. She also has been in a children's pyschiatric ward a few times and did group there. But the longest she was in one of those was a month. She is withdrawn in group but is open in one on one counselling. Though when she does one on one she talks about herself in the ways of how important she is and doesn't talk about her problems. It's like she is embellishing on things  to make her self esteem better, if that makes any sense.
 
Her mental health issues and past trauma have made for a complex child that I don't know how to help sometimes. And honestly, it seems like she gets put on the sidelines when her sister is ill. Her sister's illness has involved many hospital stays so I feel like I haven't always given the attention that my oldest needs and that I am sure doesn't help with her anxiety.
 
*sigh* if only parenting was easier.
 
 
Mom to 5 special children
 14yr old- GAD, PTSD, ODD, LD
 12 yr old- Crohn's Disease-total Colectomy Feb 09, PTSD, Dystymia, JRA, Asthma
 11 yr old- Globally Developmentally Delayed, Low Cognitive Functioning, PTSD
 10 yr old(almost)- Epilepsy, Unspecified Social/Emotional Disorder, PTSD, LD
 32mth old-Bright and Happy

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