Hi, Thanks for waiting.
Let me say I can imagine how worried and anxious you must have been about your daughter’s condition.
It sounds like she has signs of anxiety
and/or depression. She may also have alcohol abuse
Yes, she needs treatment from her doctor, a psychiatrist, a psychotherapist, and/or alcohol counselor.
She may benefit from having a Cognitive-Behavior therapy (CBT). CBT is a most effective therapy for anxiety and depression. CBT consists of Self-Monitoring, Relaxation strategies, Exposure treatments, Cognitive therapy. There are several ways to find a psychologist or psychotherapist who takes your insurance.
You can call your insurance company and get a list of providers in your area. Or, you can search a licensed psychotherapist on internet- such as the PSYCHOLOGY TODAY website. Go to (http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/ppc/prof_search.php?iorb=4764) and enter your zip code and optional category of specialty such as anxiety. Read psychotherapists’ profile to see if he or she specializes in Cognitive-behavior therapy and anxiety. You may also want to create your mental image of psychotherapist that she wants to work with – Male or female? Old or young? To note, many therapists offer initial consultation for free. So you can see it as an informational meeting. You can ask any question. You can also negotiate psychotherapy fee and number of sessions.
If she has no health insurance, you can also call The United Way toll free # 211 to find the community mental health centers in your area where she can get treatment described above even without health insurance. She can get counseling for free or low fee.
You may also check the link from ANXIETY DISORDERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA(http://www.adaa.org) for resources. You may also find a specialist in your area from the link - (http://www.adaa.org/findatherapist). You may encourage her to try some or all of the following to reduce anxiety and improve her mood - 1. Exercise moderately, but regularly, 2. Eat healthy but delicious meals, 3. Regularize your sleep cycle, 4. Don't drink to excess or abuse drugs, 5. Spend some time every day in play, 6. Develop recreational outlets that encourage creativity, 7. Distance yourself from destructive situations or people, 8. Practice mindfulness meditation
, or walk, or an intimate talk, every day, 9. Allow yourself to feel pride in your accomplishments, 10, Listen to compliments and expression of affection, 11. Build and use a support system, 12. Pay more attention to small pleasures and sensations, 13. Yoga, meditation, Acupuncture, Guided imagery, and massage therapy may help. Additionally, Biofeedback may work for anxiety. Biofeedback is a self-control technique since it involves having a client to learn to modify his or her own behaviors and is based, like many other self-control procedures, on the principle of operant conditioning. The biofeedback may work for anxiety, depression and physical pain. Please contact - The association for Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (http://www.aapb.org/consumers.html) for resources and to find a provider in your area. I hope she gets well. Please let me know if you have more questions or I have overlooked any. Warm regards,