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Jimmie    5

My 15 year old was diagnosed with PTSD after a series of personal traumas over the course of 3 years (divorce, her father's relapse into heavy drug addiction, being molested by her step-father, to name a few). Most of the time she functions fine, she has been healing with counseling and medication, but sometimes her anxiety is so bad hat it's almost paralyzing...and it frustrates me that I can't make it go away or make it better for her. Can anybody offer me words of wisdom or help me to not feel so alone?

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SuZQ154    2

Your frustration is very understandable!  You love your daughter and don't want her to be hurting.  We hurt when our children hurt.  My daughter developed an eating disorder when my ex and I were going through a divorce.  That hurt more than my husband's infidelity and lies.  I felt responsible for my daughter'r pain.

Counseling helped her and me.  A Christian counselor helped me understand I was not responsible for her nor my ex-husband's behaviors, gave me a safe place to cry, and offered me suggestions on how to respond to their actions.  My daughter did conquer her eating disorder and life has moved on.  Relying on the Lord is what really got me through.

Are you taking care of yourself?

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Jimmie    5

Thank you for your response! It is very frustrating, and I feel very helpless... I am not seeing a counselor personally, but do talk to hers once in awhile, and that helps immensely. I rely on ,y faith and the faith of close friends and family. It's niceto know we are not alone, although I wish it weren't so....

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MARC    53

I am very sorry to hear about your 15 year olds issues. She has been through quite a bit and seems to be doing pretty well, all things considered. Many years ago, a friend of mine was murdered when he was 30 and he had only been married for around a year and had a small baby. It took his wife a while to recover and be able to function. 

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Jimmie    5

It has been rough, for sure, but she's doing well, given the situation. I am aware that it could be so much worse. COunseling has definitely helped her, although she doesn't like to talk much when she's there. I still see a difference.

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MARC    53

As long as you notice a positive difference, you know she is on the right track. 

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