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I wanted to cry when I read this article but my anxiety medication keeps tears at bay. My daughter just turned 14-years-old. She had tantrums that could last two hours when she was little and had so many anxieties and fears that we took her for counseling at age five. She had all the issues that Amy described in Emily -- anger, unhappiness, suicidal ideation, the goth look, losing friends, hypersexuality. We were just watching our precious child change into a stranger. She just completed her second nine-month stay at an adolescent treatment center. She has tried to commit suicide twice by taking an overdose of medication and has cut herself more times than I can count. She has been physically aggressive to the point of breaking mirrors and doors and being charged with assaulting a male classmate. She has had many diagnoses over time but was just finally diagnosed with bipolar disorder this last year. She also has reactive attachment disorder and sensory processing disorder. She finally seems to be on the right medications and is learning to verbalize her feelings. We are thankful for every day that goes by without problems but I don't know if we will ever go through a whole day where we are not holding our breath, just waiting for a meltdown. It was wonderful to hear a story with a positive outlook, because we have read about all the problems and have heard enough about the medication side effects and really need some happy stories. Thank you for sharing your story Amy.


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