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Worried sick about my daughter
Hi everyone - I finally feel like my prayers are being answered by finding this site and I am so thankful. First some background - my daughter is 12 and picks - and now chews - her skin. She has a history of sexual abuse and most people feel this is where her picking stems from. I agree, for the most part, but I am at my wits end and I just don't know what to do. I am worried sick. Therapy - sure, but can they really help her? She has been to therapy in the past and both counselors said she is fine and we agreed to discontinue services. She was put on meds, but she used the meds as an excuse for everything. Even things that the meds couldn't possibly be responsible for. She picks at intervals - she will go for months without doing it, then boom - I find sores all over her hands. Seven last week, the first episode in a long time. I randomly ask her to show me her arms, legs, belly, just to make sure she isn't hurting herself. Tonight, she was extremely frustrated with her young sister and when she came to me after her shower, she sort of put her hand over her mouth when talking to me. I did a double take and saw that she completly chewed off the tips of two fingers and every other finger is gnawed and picked around the nail. I know she wanted me to see, the way she held her hands in front of her mouth. She said she did it because she was annoyed. I tried to reason with her and told her that if I hurt myself every time I was annoyed, I would be dead by now! I know I shouldn't have said that and I feel like kicking myself in the butt for saying that, but I am so frantic that she is really going to hurt herself, I just lost it for a minute. Please everyone, tell me she won't end up really hurting herself. Should I take her to the hospital? Put her back on medication? I pray for help and I found this site....please give me some advice. Thanks.
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