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Hello, I'd like to help you. Can you describe your situation? How long have you felt depressed? Are you in therapy? And how long have you been self harming?

Thank you,
Kate

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
this is for my daughtwr who is24. she has been self harming a think about 10 years. several in-patient admissions to the local mental health unit ,attempted suicide several times. DBT for 2yrs. seeing psychologist also. now on Haloperidol and lorazepam which just makes her sleep.

Are you seeking information or are you looking for other options for treatment?

Kate

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
looking for treatment options as so far there has been no progress and my daughter feels this is her life. importantly i forgot to say she also has an eating disorder-bulimia ?last 5yrs.

If her psychologist is not helping, then you may need to find a new one. Also, how motivated is she to seek treatment and follow through? It sounds like she is motivated so the issue may be with the type of treatment. In that case, you may want to consider support groups for her. Talking to others who have the same issues can offer her support and understanding. Here are some resources to help:

http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/depression_signs_types_diagnosis_treatment.htm

http://psychcentral.com/resources/Depression/Support_Groups/

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/self_injury.htm

http://self-injury.net/

You may also benefit from support. Being a caregiver can be very stressful. There is support through NAMI. Here is there website:

www.nami.org

It sounds like she may also need her medications re evaluated. If her medication is only making her tired and she isn't benefiting, then she may need an adjustment. Many people react differently to the same medication so it could be that her medications are not working for her.

 

She might also want to try another type of therapy. Cognative Behavior therapy (CBT) is very effective with depression and other disorders. To look for a therapist that practices CBT, here is a link:

 

http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/

 

I hope this has helped you and your daughter,

Kate

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