27-12-2017 03:15 PM
Hi All, I’m brand new to this forum and hoping to have some help with an 18 year old daughter who is really struggling and refusing to get any help. We live at home with my husband and 3 girls. It’s the middle one who has become aggressive, controlling and manipulative, more so over the last few months. She also blames everyone else for anything that happens, even when it’s very obviously her aggression that has triggered an incident. She refuses to admit that there is a problem and seek any form of help. We’ve even offered to go to a counsellor or mediator to work together better as a family.
We have anxiety, depression, bipolar and borderline personality disorder in our extended family, so recognise many of the behaviours that she is displaying. I’m sure she needs help but not sure that I do anything if she’s refusing to get help. Any advice would be most welcomed.
27-12-2017 04:27 PM
Welcome to the forums! Its great that you decided to reach out for support as this situation sounds quite difficult and doing it all alone would be very taxing. Do you have other people supporting you?
It sounds like you may be dealing with a lot at the moment and it can be very stressful. My heart goes out to you and your family. I only know what you have written but i think you have her best interests at heart and it can be so difficult when she is unaccepting of help. Given her age its also hard to convince her to get support at over the age of 18 years she is considered an adult.
One option maybe to ask her to just online and have a chat with a counsellor and see if that works rather than seeing one face to face. Otherwise she is welcome to join the forum and see if she finds some answers.
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27-12-2017 05:02 PM
Hi @ToriAlice and welcome to the forum. It is really great to see you here. It seems like you're doing heaps to support your daughter and I can imagine it would be really hard to have that not seem to be getting through or working well.
27-12-2017 06:06 PM
Sometimes the middle child can find it difficult to feel unique in a positive way. As oldest and youngest have more clear "roles". Maybe something special for her but firmer boundaries around aggression. Mind you I have had a terrible time getting mine to accept help. The best I have managed is to model "help-seeking" and other constructive behaviours.
Not easy parenting teens.
28-12-2017 06:59 AM
Hi @ToriAlice It sounds like it's really tough for your family right now. Trying to help someone who doesn't want help is so frustrating. I have teenage kids and it's not easy. The only thing I can think of is to focus on her happiness. It could be really threatening and painful for her if she feels like she's being cast as the problem. I doubt that's what you are doing, but in her mind she might perceive it that way. If there's a way to reframe it as looking out for her happiness she may be more receptive. Hang in there.
28-12-2017 09:07 AM
28-12-2017 09:21 PM
Hi @ToriAlice .... and welcome to the forums.
I think would be inclined to think that it is an attention issue, especially as you have an older daughter with issues whom you are a carer for.
Try to be mindful of when she is behaving well (which might mean just not behaving badly) and be more attentive to her in that state .... a smile, a hug if she is open to that, asking about her day ....
Rry to give her some one on one attention when opportunities arise, like taking just her shopping, or to the hairdresser, or to get her nails done, perhaps celebrating some personal achievement .....
I have one kidult with a disabilities whom I am a carer for, and the others need attention, or this one can take it all. She also plays up to keep the correction limelight on her .....
It’s also worth remembering that they are a real emotional cocktail at this age, and they won’t all come through it pleasantly, so such mantas as “please be mindful of everybody else as well as yourself”, and “I hear you, but please rephrase that nicely ... ?” are worthwhile, asking in the positive for what you would like her to do, rather than scolding in the negative according to what you don’t want.
I hope this helps ....
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