Last summer our 17 year old daughter came to us after working at the Word of Life camp that she needed professional help with some very strong emotional problems she has been dealing with for several years. She has been experiencing mood swings, panic attacks, and hearing voices in her mind telling her a lot of negative things about herself. I looked for a Christian counselor on the Psychology Today website and found a good counselor with expertise working with teens. The counselor we found has been a blessing for our daughter and has helped up many ways, giving her some helpful coping skills.
The counselor adviced us to do a series of tests such as MRI to rule out any physical cause of the isssues she is dealing with. Now we are at point where both the counselor and the doctor is suggesting we set up an appointment with a psychiatrist for a possibility of diagnosis of either bipolar or schizophrenia. Our daughter was at first terrified at this… even though she knew it was a possibility… it was thought of having a “label” and the she heard some “horror stories” of the effects of the medication.
The counselor suggests that schizophrenia is more likely. My daughter is starting to accept the idea of getting the diagnosis now.
It is all so overwhelming for my wife and I and sometimes I don’t know how to process this possibility.