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Disrespectful 14 year old daughter

How do I get through to my 14 year old daughter about her disrespect? She is a great kid, an A student with honors classes, beautiful girl, plays sports, liked by her peers and teachers, but she can't seem to make and keep friends to hang out with outside of school or church and gets really depressed about that. She doesn't like to do things with groups when she is asked to go out. She just seems to be hateful all the time with her Dad and I. We try to ask how her day was, I sit with her and help with homework every night (at her request) but everything always turns into an argument and procrastination with her. She tells me that I overwhelm her when I try to keep her focused on homework (2 to 3 hours a night). Her and I have a very close relationship and it breaks my heart. My problem is that taking things away from her doesn't seem to matter because she will say "it doesn't matter I don't go anywhere or have friends anyway" she doesn't really watch TV or get on the computer other than for homework. She already has chores that she doesn't have time to do, she goes to school, practice, home, chores, shower, dinner, homework and bed. Weekends we do things together as a family such as church, traveling, etc and we spend most of our time with her. Her dad also feels left out and hurt because we do alot of girl things together and she doesn't want him to go with us, which puts more stress on me.
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She sounds like an unhappy child, though obviously competent in many ways. Arrange an evaluation for her with a mental health clinician (preferably a woman) who specializes in treating adolescents.
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