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My 14 year old daughter loves to manipulate, twist stories,

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My 14 year old daughter loves to manipulate, twist stories, and is very inappropriate in her sexualality. She seems to have no regard for boundaries. This has made me, my husband (step-father, my girlfriends, and family) very uncomfortable. When you discuss this with her she twist everything around then goes and tells lies around to others more to hurt me but does not realize the other people she is hurting. I truly believe she s bi-polar. How can I get a diagnosis and help for her.?

Hello, I'd like to help you with your question.

When a child reacts like your daughter is to others, there are two possibilities: one is that something happened to her that caused her to act this way, or two, this is coming from inside of her such as with a mental illness. At this point, it is not clear which is the case. Therefore, an evaluation by a qualified therapist is important.

In order to find your daughter a therapist, you can ask her doctor for a referral. Or you can search on line at http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/.

You want to find a therapist who specializes in childhood disorders. A Master's level therapist or a Ph.D are the best ones to provide a full evaluation and therapy. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor trained in psychology. They mostly prescribe mediations, though they can do therapy. A psychiatrist will be helpful if your daughter is diagnosed with Bipolar, which is best controlled with a combination of medications and therapy.

Here is a list of credentials to help you know what you are looking for:

http://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/content/therapy_credentials.html

You want to find someone who has either a M.S., M.Ed, M.A., or M.S.W./L.S.W. These are some of the most common degrees for therapists. Other initials are usually extra certifications or licenses.

Here are some other resources to help you:

http://www.nami.org/Template.cfm?Section=By_Illness&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=13107

http://www.thebalancedmind.org/learn/library/about-pediatric-bipolar-disorder?page=all

I hope this has helped you,
Kate

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

At what age should I seekcounseling and therapy.

She can go right now. Any child over the age of 3 can be in counseling.

Kate

I just received a poor service on one of my answers to you. Please let me know what you were unhappy about. Did you have more questions?

Kate

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