Is my 11 year old exhibiting serious mental problems?
My 11 year old daughter has always been somewhat of a handful.(when younger had difficulty sleeping cried a lot several temper tantrums a day). She is now an excellent student/athlete and has many friends. However, she is often furious. She has just this week turned over all the furniture she could in a room threatened to run away from home and school and called me a *****. The furniture turning resulted from her father telling her she had to get up at 5;30 to go to mass with him on ash Wedensday. Her father and I have lived apart since she was 4. She has an older sister and younger brother who have never demonstrated behaviour like her. I don't know if she is just trying to get her way and being manipulative or if she has more serious problems. She is very angry with her Father and his treatment of her. She is also angry at me becasue I can't "fix things with her father". We talk a lot about things and she is very communicative. She often calls herself stupid and says she hates her life She also states she is ugly,dumb and can't do anything right. I reassure her and spend a lot of time with her but she shows no improvement. I have lined up a therapist but my ex is not consenting so it is taking forever. It is important for you to know that my ex has filed for additional visitation with the children. He told them this and they are all very upset as they do not want to see him more. Her behavior has become more frequent since this occured but it has always been a factor.
Your plan to obtain professional assistance is wise. In light of your daughter's symptoms, and the context of conflict in which they are occurring, the involvement of a mental health professional is certainly a good idea.
Perhaps the Court would consider the appointment of a Guardian Ad Litem to address the issue of visitation and offer guidance in this regard to the Court. Your daughter's extreme reaction indicates serious strains within the family, which need to be sorted out (probably) before any reasoned decision can be reached about the wisdom of altering the custody or visitation status.
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