She's 16. She goes to a very large school. She's been active in band, but lately she hasn't been able cope with all the other band kids. She's been skipping band class and going to the woods. Music is her life. She's is incredibly good at it. I want so desperately to encourage her to keep going and learn to cope with that nervous energy. I try to teach her about grounding and shielding. I drop crystals and stones in her backpack, I pray for her and find others to pray with me. I don't know what else to do.
Yesterday, she went to the school counselor and said she had suicidal thoughts. That started a major fire storm. Both my wife and I left work and went to pick her up. The counselor let us know she wouldn't be allowed to come back to school until she was evaluated. We took her to a mental hospital downtown where she talked to a doctor. They gave us some treatment recommendations that included drugs to control her mood. Mood altering anti psychotic chemicals. The kind that just about every mass killer was on at the time they did what they did. Dangerous stuff in my opinion. I let the doctor know that she is an empath, but the response I got was "has she been diagnosed?". This woman had no idea what an empath is. I was asked a number of questions and had to explain what I meant. She didn't believe me, in fact, she was angry. That makes it that much harder to explain. I don't mind skepticism. I've had some of the best conversations with skeptics. This was different. I didn't understand this kind of reaction. I asked her if she had ever heard the term before and she said in TV shows and movies. I suggested she should look it up and do her own research. So this is not something they teach in medical school. Now I've been getting calls from the hospital asking us if we would submit our daughter for a 7 day evaluation. Well, the answer was no and will always be no. They want to study her.
I don't know what my next move should be. I'm looking for a therapist that has an understanding of the empathic condition. Or as least works with highly sensitive people and children. Hard to find locally.
Six years ago I met with an astrophysicist at NASA about how to cope with this empathy thing. Driving through Houston everyday was killing me inside. I was referred to him by a Shaman that was a fellow aikidoist. I trusted both of these people and respected them highly, but I didn't want to be studied. He wanted to hook me up to what ever machine they have at NASA that measures some level ESP or possibly put me in a long term study. I said no thanks. At time it didn't sound like something I wanted to do. Now I kind of wish I asked more questions and maybe consented to at least being tested. That could have contributed to the body of knowledge on this subject. Am I being to protective of my daughter by not allowing her to be examined?
I need suggestions on what to do and maybe your personal experiences at 16. I dropped out of school at 16. I couldn't deal with school or much else at that time of my life. I don't want my little girl to have to go through what I did or be limited by her gift. She has a support system that understands what she has to endure. I didn't.