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Old 06-30-2008, 02:17 AM   #1
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concern for 18 yo stepdaughter with possible PD

Over the past year I have watched my stepdaughter diminish into someone quite obsessed with her health (she does have diabetes type 1 and coeliac disease), unable to socialise, ending relationships with men her age, quitting university due to tiredness/anxiety, being violently aggressive with her younger sibling, unable to manage any stress;she works as a checkout operator at her local supermarket and was asked to take some time off because she was "too emotional" at work.

Her recent visit was filled with bouts of extreme emotional responses from rage to crying inconsolably and moments of my old stepdaughter. My friends were quite concerned for her and noticed a dramatic change over the past 2 years.

I spoke to her mum about my concerns and was told she would arrange for my stepdaughter to see a psychiatrist, 6 weeks later this hasnt happened and seems unlikely. I offered for her to see a psychologist during her visit with us and as her mum said it would be unhelpful she didnt want too.

After much reading and talking to a friend who is a psychologist I am concerned she has Personality Disorder. Any suggestions as to how we tackle the situation? My husband and I feel we just have no influence and because we live interstate our face to face contact is quite limited.

We are feeling almost desperate about the situation. Everytime we speak to her she is planning a new career direction. It seems she is obsessed with getting into medicine now despite the fact she studied no relating subjects in her last year of school.

Any helpful suggestions would be much appreciated.