I am completely new to this kind of thing. But desperate times call for....... If you have read anything about me you already know that the biggest challenge in our family is my youngest daughter who is 7 years-old. I have read through many other discussions and entries and find that while I am certainly not alone, it still feels like it when I sit here in my living room with the shades drawn, no energy, sleeping terribly trying to figure out how to heal my family. I do believe that my daughter has some possible borderline OCD (shoes have to be just right, blankets have to be perfectly straight to sleep at night, jeans cannot feel like they are slipping, etc.) However her room itself is a mess. I have always been under the impression that people with OCD have to have everything in their life in "order". We tried Catapress for a while to help with some if the aggression but all it did was knock her out and give her an erratic heart rate. I really do not want to go the medication route simply because I am a nurse and I have seen the good, bad and ugly that goes along with it. I don't deny that it does help many children, I just want to be able to figure out how to get into my daughters heart and soul because I think myself and my husband (her step-father, biological father not really very involved) could be the best medicine for her. She really has no issues at school, she tried at the beginning of the year and the teacher and I had a "conference" with my daughter and the behavior stopped prtty quickly. So what does the teacher do that I can't seem to figure out after 7 years. Is it just the fact that she was a virtual stranger and my daughter was not comfortable pushing her? My heart is broken because I want to see my daughter happy and smiling instead of constantly in turmoil. I do not expect to come out in the end with some happy-go-lucky child who never worries about a thing. This wouldn't even be my daughter. I just want her to have peace in her heart. This is only the tip of the iceberg but if I ramble on much longer I will lose anyone who started to read this.
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