So ms emo decided to finally open up and speak to me today in the car on the way to her psychiatrist's appointment. This is a rarity with her. She almost never talks about her thoughts or feelings. Mostly about everyday stuff, bullying in school, etc. I mean there ARE times but they are fleeting. So she admits to me that she is "addicted" to cutting. Previously the cutting appeared to be superficially being done. In saying that it's that she did it as a copy cat behavior ( her older sister & others at school to be cool) initially also to gain attention. A cutter would not usually show people what they have done. She did exactly that. After about 2 years now this is where we are. In the time teachers and other students reported her to the guidance department who in turn then would call me. The guidance counselor this year, who is new, has an understanding with me that she now accepts the reports but won't call me unless it's something very serious. She knows that we are very aware of the situation as is her psychiatrist and are working with her on it. That saves a lot of calls now. Back to the addiction part. She said in the beginning it WAS to release the need to "feel" something typical of cutting behavior but now she "has" to do it. She is very Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) on different things and now this has become one of them too. She is medication resistent so I knew going into this I'd have a battle because she will not take anymore medications then she is currently on (we really need her on a mood stabilizer as it is but refuses). I discussed with the psychiatrist the situation, which I actually thought she would freak. She did not and actually added her own input. the psychiatrist suggested a medication, one that would replace her current Prozac as it's better for the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and it will still help with her depression. By the way, in case you've never heard of it, Prozac comes in a weekly form. That's what she was taking to not have to take a pill everyday (the medication aversion thing). This new medication, though, has to be taking everyday. Hard sell not only switching but going back to everyday. I asked the doctor if she could give me script for both because ms emo often will react 1 way in office but go home and perhaps change on things (well at least I was hoping to change her mind on this medication anyway). She did. On way home I did some more talking to her. She has a boyfriend right now that is really nice, really good to her and for her and comes from a good family as well that is good to her. I KNOW she does not want to loose him. In the past she's had some real winners and the 1 before this was the start of them getting better but it just wasn't quite right yet for "her" in her eyes. This one is. Believe it or not HE is more clingy then she is! LOL Sure enough I actually got her to change her mind on this and she's going to try Luvox now. I REALLY hope that this medication can make a difference for her. She really needs something to help her. She's got enough battles going on right now on her own. So, happy and sad. Sad for her for this addiction but happy that she opened up about it.