13 year old daughter with severe sensory issues

Hi, I am a mother of a 13 year old daughter with PDD NOS. She has severe sensory issues and high anxiety.She's constantly changing one minute she's okay with clothes and the next week she may not be.I've bought her numerous types of clothing for her to try and nothing works! She's even gone with me and picked them out and then we get home and she hates them.


I've tried washing them over and over, buying used clothing and different laundry soap.I'm at my wits end with it my husband and I are going insane!!!She's so behavioral all the time having anger problems that result in breaking things and having tantrums. Her psychiatrist doesn't even know what to tell us anymore. I cant seem to find a doctor who understands her issues or even believes it.

The other night she was flipping out so bad, we almost had to take her to the hospital. She's currently on a small dose of Celexa. We've tried many types of medication and sensory therapy nothing is working.We really are desperate for help or any suggestion, because our life is falling apart over theses issues.

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Be kind with yourself
by: Christine Di

I wanted to start by saying to be kind with yourself. I too have a daughter (who is now almost 36 years old) and finding the right psychiatrist, medication, and support are extremely challenging. It feels like our kids are guinea pigs and the medical profession is "practicing on them." And since we are not in their bodies, we can only surmise what life is like for them. I know for myself as a single parent since Nicole was 9 years old that I do the best I can for her. I would do whatever you can to protect your relationship with your husband and find the support you need to process the challenges that you both face in caring for daughter. I probably am not saying anything you haven't heard before. I would encourage you to seek a second opinion. If the current psychiatrist can't help then its time to find someone new. You need medical professionals who will partner with you to find the answer that will work for your daughter. I am glad you reached out in this forum. I can't imagine my comments will make much of a difference. My hope is that you know there are other parents out there with similar issues and that you are not alone.

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Praying for you
by: Anonymous

Please find a new psychiatrist and a psychotherapist. There is a medicine that's out there to help her, you're just going to have to find it, and I know that's not easy, but please trudge ahead. The main thing you and your husband can do is stay calm and she will feed off that. Her brain is probably firing in so many different directions she doesn't know which way to go. Plus at 13 she probably has hormonal issues going on also.

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