My name isXXXXX have a Daughter who is 17 years of age, 18 in January.
To start with I will provide you with an overview of her character and then details of the issues we are experiencing.
Abi, has a very strong personality and can sometimes be some what over powering in her conversations. Sometimes argumentative, rude, disrespectful. Typical 17 year old I suspect. Through her life she has always been very positive and daring and very loving.
However, over the last 18 months she has become very withdrawn and depressive. One aspect of this is the loss of her Nan 3 years ago who she adored above any one else.
In February this year she became so low that she self harmed and overdosed on paracetamol and alcohol. We don’t believe she intended to go all the way but more over a cry for help.
Following 3 nights in hospital she was provided with multiple prescriptions of tablets. Some for anxiety
, some to help her sleep and some for paranoia. However, it transpired that the paranoia was caused by Cocaine that my daughter hade taken on three separate occasions prior to her self harming.
At the moment she is taking Pregabolin 175mg and Arapiprasol 10mg. She has also come off her night medication for paranoia which was Trazadone 5mg.
That said she is still very poorly in terms of her mental state. Displaying signs of BI-polar type symptoms very high and then very low. Very anxious, nervous shake in one of her legs. She makes excuses to stay in doors, wont mix with people on a regular basis, and is very concerned with respect to the weight she has put on as a result of the medication she’s been using. She is increasing her intake of cigarettes thinking this will help. She also believes alcohol is helping. However, this only amounts to two units every other day. Trying to prevent her smoking and drinking is becoming impossible.
She has also taken to exploring the internet in am attempt to diagnose her condition herself, which makes her even more confused. This was unbeknown to us. She has also called crisis hot lines to chat.
At moment she is under Consultant Dr Boardman- Leighton Hospital Crewe. She has regular weekly visits with the early intervention team. However, she feels that this not improving the situation and she is insisting on a second opinion.
Two weeks ago we took her to see her GP and convinced her that Abi had signs of depression to which she prescribed Anti depressant medication. However, this was over ruled by Dr Boardman.
As a family we are falling apart. Our concern for Abi in terms of self harming is not major, however, our concern for her depressive state is.
At 17 years of age a girl on multiple medication, depressive and quite frankly completely lost is not how is should be.
Please can you help!!