My daughter is seeing a therapist and is on medication but I don’t think it is helping.

My teenage daughter was diagnosed with anxiety and OCD. She is currently on Luvax. I noticed that she is very pushy with friends and will ask a million times the same question until she gets the desired answer. She recently asked a friend to teach her some dance steps for school, and she must have asked the girl so many times that the girl sent her an email telling her that she was “pestering” her. I feel embarrassed for her, she is currently seeing a therapist, but I don’t think it is helping. What can I do to help?

The first step is to have a talk with your daughter’s therapist. Let your daughter know you will be speaking to the therapist and book an appointment. Her therapist may not be able to tell you all the details of the conversations they have. It is important that you have confidence in the therapist.  It is perfectly appropriate to ask the therapist:

  • What are the goals of therapy?
  • How is progress being measured?
  • What progress has been made?
  • What are the remaining problems?
  • How long will therapy continue?
  • How can you help make your daughter’s therapy work better?

Luvox is an antidepressant that is used for depression and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). You should also discuss with whomever is prescribing the Luvox, if it is the right drug at the right dose.

If you still do not have confidence in the therapist, talk with your daughter’s family doctor about alternatives.

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