Posted by: anon | 2009-07-16

depro and agressive teen

14 yr old stepdaughter been showing depressive and agressive behaviour for the last 3 years. she recently started drinking on her own. she seems a case for suicide. we are constantly afraid of her behaviour and was she may do to herself. at the same time we are torn and upset by her rudeness. feel like she is keeping us ransom by acting out. i am afriad she shown signs of a violent nature and am afraid sometimes she may act this out on us.she was recently diagnosed with depression and binge eating. psychologist referred her to psychiatrist to be medicated. is this a good idea in your opinion as i believe that some case say meds increase suicidal tendancies in children. her mother has shown similar behaviour. is this genetic? what can we do?

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Sounds like a genuinely disturbed girl needing expert psychiatric and psychological help. It does sound, also, as thouh she may be enjoying the sense of contro she has be frightening you both. All mdication, for any condition has some risks, usually rather small, and NOT medicating someone has risks too, usually larger. Get a proper assessment from a good local psychiatrist, and discuss your concerns with him in the context of his recommendations

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