Our expert says:
Sounds like she really needs to see a skilled and experienced psychotherapist, as chemical meds won't help provide what she needs, a complete review and re-evaluation of her wholly unrealistic assumptions about herself, others, and about what matters in life. The method most likely to help is called CBT, Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, which teaches her to recognize the self-defeating habits of thought, assumption, and behaviour that distort her life.
From your thoughtful description, she is ignoring what is truly good and great about herself, comparing herself with unreal people, with artificial images created ( often not by the "celebrity" themselves, but by well paid falsifiers of fact ) of people who are actually not a scrap as good and admirable as they pretend to be. As it happens, when I worked abroad, in London, for instance, I worked with some of the celebrities of the times. Often they were grubby and nasty, selfish people, phony and surprisingly untalented. Almost universally, they were miserable people leading lives that were inauthentic pretences, hiding from their actual problems by pretending to be someone they were not.
Isn't it sad that other people, like your daughter, are so fiercely encouraged to admire and try to copy these miserable and empty people ? Similarly with the profoundly antisocial "social media". It's a sort of false stock exchange for trading "Likes" : I will "Like" any rubbish you choose to put up, so long as you "like" whatever I post. These are of course rarely genuine liking, nor genuine friends ; except where the handful of people linked to online were genuine friends to begin with, in the real world, none of those "friends" would bother to get out of bed at night and come to help her if she was genuinely in trouble.
If she has a degree and a stable job, that's great : and she will probably succeed and move up to more interesting and rewarding work in whatever her field is, if she would learn to concentrate on celebrating and developing all the great things she is and has, instead of chasing the empty tinsel of who she is not and doesn't have.
Of course Mr Perfect does not exist ( and what an awful bore he would be if he did ) ; she needs to explore relationships with real people who she can enjoy for who they are, rather than reluctantly accepting them for being less than the fantasies she has wasted so much time pining for.
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