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Why is my daughter acting so erratic?

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Asked: 2018-11-05 20:08:25
My daughter is acting very erratic all of the time and I am almost certain that she is on drugs but I can't figure out what she is doing exactly. As time goes on the signs have gotten worse and they include staying awake all night, talking really fast, and acting excessively nervous and jittery. Sometimes after she is awake for long periods of time she will just pass out for an entire day and then wake up and start it all over again. She is 16 years old. She is still going to school but even her teachers have noticed something is off. What drug could this be? Should I just confront and drug test her? I'm kind of afraid of her because she really flies off the handle when confronted about anything. She makes me feel like I am wrong for caring and that I am exaggerating. What would you do? What drug do you think is the one she is most likely taking? How do I get her help if she won't admit?


Answered: 2018-11-07 16:49:36

Hi Concerned Mom, To be honest, it sounds like your daughter is using some type of stimulant. You would do good to drug test her. If she gets defensive about the drug test, that's a pretty good indicator right there. Your best bet is to not get angry or act like she needs to be punished. Show genuine love, compassion, and concern for her. If she is positive, immediately start looking for treatment options. Do not let your daughter manipulate you and tell you that she doesn't have a problem. If she is using - then it's obvious that its's out of control. Also, reach out to her teachers and ask if they have noticed any changes in her. Keep in mind also that *SOME* mental illnesses have these symptoms, namily the mania that comes along with bipolar disorder. Know that you are not alone and your daughter should be fine IF you intervene now. Don't wait until it progresses, because it will progress.

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