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« on: April 02, 2012, 05:27:17 PM »

Hi, this is my first post on here and I have a lot of 'stored up' feelings etc so please bear with me  Smiley

I found out in January that my 14 year old daughter has been self-harming since last September and whilst I was completely shocked, upset, confused and guilt-ridden (don't us mums always feel like this no matter what we do?) have remained calm and understanding throughout. To me, my daughter is the most beautiful, clever, kind-natured, warm-hearted, thoughtful, amazingly wonderful girl in the world. According to her she is fat, ugly and 'never good enough.' Her thoughtfulness is to the extent where she will put the thoughts, feelings and wants of others before and above her own resulting in her not being happy and herein, so I believe, lies the root to her problem.

From the moment I found out I have spent every waking hour thinking of ways to make sure she is happy and to make her see what is important in life and how much she means to me, her dad, her grandparents etc, as well as think of other focuses/distractions. I suggested to her that she keeps a notebook where she writes down how she is feeling as it is sometimes easier to do that than to express it face to face with someone. I wrote her a letter, which she keeps in the back of her book and reads when she needs to, telling her what a beautiful person she is inside and out and reminding her that she is loved dearly. We sat together one evening with a large piece of paper and felt tips and wrote down some good memories and some of the things she had to look forward to. She started to take guitar lessons as it was something she wanted to do and music can be a good form of release. We went out and bought art materials so that she could back into drawing which she has always loved. I bought her a rabbit, she'd always wanted one and I thought it would be good to have something else to focus her love and attention on other than the boys that seem to keep coming in and out of her life and messing with her head. And, most importantly, I have been here for her, talked to her, listened to her, asked her questions but without putting too much pressure on her as I know she sometimes finds it hard and doesnt always understand it herself.

Am I doing enough? Am I doing the right things? I dont know, but I do know that I am doing what I think is right. Sadly, my girl goes along with what she thinks makes others happy so I never really know if what I'm suggesting is really what she wants.

Her dad and I split up 2 years ago and I know this has also had a huge impact. Sadly, he finds it harder than I do to understand what she is going through and therefore offers little support, tending to 'have a go' at her for doing it rather than trying to talk to her about how she feels or how he can help. She SH twice last weekend after having not done it for about 3 weeks and doesn't want me to tell her dad. I know he has a right to know but I don't want to lose her trust and the most important thing is to try to protect her.

We are now waiting for our assessment appointment with CAMHS which isn't until May and the school nurse told M last week that there is nothing more she can do for her. For me, right now, another month without help and support is too long.

So, I have talked enough for now, even though there is plenty more that I could say! If you feel able to offer words of advise or support please do, It will be gratefully received  Cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2012, 07:20:24 PM »

Firstly welcome

I think you are doing an amazing job of supporting your daughter. I, and i'm sure many others on here would live to have/have had a mum like you Smiley I know it probably doesn't help you much, but your daughter is not alone. I and again i'm sure many others on here can identify with what you say about m, and there's also other parents on here who are in similar positions to you, so reading some of the other posts in in this room might help.

I don't think there is anything more than you are already doing. Just keep letting her know that you live her, that your there for her and encouraging her to let you know how she's feeling and that you want to do anything you can to help her.

Also it's important that you look after yourself. Do you have anyone who you can talk to and who can offer you some support? You can always post on here, but sometimes it's also good to have someone in real life. Maybe a closefriend who you trust?

I'm surprised that the school nurse won't offer support whilst waiting for camhs. (as I've been on placement with a school nurse and we did offer support) I'd there anyoneelse at m's school who she could check in with? Would you consider approaching your gp for support in the interim?

It's obviously up to you, but if her dad has been telling her off and not supporting her then is be inclined not to tell him. You don't want to loose the trust that she has in you, and being told off is likely to fuel her thoughts that she's not good enough.

I hope you find this site helpful. There is lots of information and a good distraction list that you could print of for m if you think it might be helpful. Post whenever you need and hopefully we can help support you to continue the fantastic job your doing.  littlehug1
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2012, 09:32:33 PM »

Thank you  Smiley

Reading some of the posts on here has helped. I know M is not on her own in this and thankfully has a very trustworthy friend that she confides in. M and I are very close and I know that she tells me as much as she can, as and when she feels that she can.

She has been seeing the school nurse almost on a weekly basis since the end of January but it has come to an end now that we have been referred to CAHMS, the GP gave us the number of a support group but they also will not do anything due to our Cahms appointment.

As for support for me, my sister is very close by but always wrapped up in her own dramas lol and my parents live away from us so whilst I have told them and try to keep them informed they are not always around for those much needed hugs and emotional blurts! I do have supportive friends, although I have told only a few, I guess I dont like to burden people with my worries when we all have our own and I do a good job of giving everyone the impression that everything is good with the world. As for her dad, I know that his response, "promise you wont do it again," "it's a stupid and selfish thing to do," are not helpful at all and add to the worthlessness that she already feels, hence I dont tell him everything that is going on.

I just keep telling myself that I will get her through this, it may be a long and tiring road but we will get to the end of it stronger for it and closer together.

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