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Old 05-12-19, 10:00 PM   #7811
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Today's gripe is mainly the arguments arising from tight fisted scots clashing with even tighter fisted yorkshiremen (me)

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What a bloody awful day.

Got off the train at Machynlleth this morning to a phone call from a friend whose daughter goes to college with my daughters, telling me that my friends daughter was escorting one of my daughters to some help at college after she admitted to swallowing a large number of paracetamol and ibuprofen last night and this morning. Currently sat in Shrewsbury hospital with my girl who is hooked up to an intravenous drip to flush her liver out. We're going to be in overnight so it looks like I have an uncomfortable few hours in a chair ahead of me. My daughter seems much more herself again now but she is prone to sudden plunges into terrible sadness. She's about to restart counselling with CAMHS.
Then to cap it all, I bumped into a good friend in the corridor just by where my daughter is, and she said her mother, who I also know fairly well, has just been brought in having had a stroke and suffering with possible pneumonia.
The two of us were stood in the corridor very close to falling apart.

What a sh1te day.
That is ****e Gary, all the best with that and unfortunately it's not uncommon. Thought I'd pitch in to say you're not alone, in fact a family member's just had the same scenario with their teenager. Wish I had some useful magic solution to recommend but it's difficult - they are dealing with it with counselling and trying to be as supportive and open as possible - but as we all know teenagers like to hide everything from their parents so it's back over to counselling. I would think knowing it's not too uncommon would help avoid further feelings of embarrassment or isolation becoming a knock on from 'the event', although I suppose in conveying that you've got to be mindful in not downplaying/dismissing it. Tough stuff. I really don't think it's easy for teenagers these days.
Wish you all the best with it
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Old 05-12-19, 11:01 PM   #7812
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Thanks for the words Dave. I’d agree with you about it being difficult for teenagers now. There were pressures when I was growing up in the 50s and 60s but they were not the horrible insidious pressures of a thoroughly nasty, consumerist society being loaded on them today. Makes me so angry when I hear selfish, ignorant ar3eh0les of my generation telling the world that “kids have it so easy these days”.

I think we have got to the bottom of this particular instance. It seems to have been triggered by stress and pressure over an academic issue, namely maths, and because she was comparing her ability with her twin sister (who is a maths and physics geek).
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Old 06-12-19, 07:01 AM   #7813
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F#ckin hell Gary, glad she's ok, you're right it's not easy being a teenager these days, too many external pressures to succeed these days.

I'd quite happily go back to my teenage days, they're certainly happier days than I'm experiencing now.

Suicide leaves too much carnage behind for those left picking up the pieces, I know I've had to deal with the after effects. So I'm glad you're not, although I appreciate it's an extremely tough time for you, there's no easy answers to these teenage anxiety issues, as my eldest suffers with it, and she'll be 22 this December
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Old 08-12-19, 12:40 AM   #7814
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Best wishes to everyone, Gary. Really tough issues to deal with.
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Old 08-12-19, 10:21 AM   #7815
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Thanks embee. We seem to be back on an even keel again now. More counselling is due to start soon, in the meantime I'm just being extremely vigilant.

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Old 08-12-19, 10:59 AM   #7816
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Good news Gary. It seems these days that you're not allowed to fail which ramps up the pressure on youngsters. We can't all be good at everything. It takes a while to learn that and be comfortable with it. Counselling will help with that.

I'm crap at a lot of things as my wife points out.

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