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Plenty of good answers here, but I didn't see this mentioned, so I'll add: A lot of people of all ages (with or without other disabilities) have a hard time keeping track of what their real priorities are or should be. Obviously teenagers are often more vulnerable to this, but it really is quite common. They can get into a "tunnel vision" mindset that ...


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Counseling as well as behavior therapy would help a lot with the anxiety. The therapist should be working on coping skills especially as it relates to transition times from preferred activity. Make a schedule and make her stick to it. Make a time for everything including leisure activities. It will be a fight and her behaviors will increase but it will get ...


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Some schools are set up for this type of hamster wheel compulsiveness, some are not. If you could get the child into the latter type, that would be a great solution to the problem. Sometimes a parent has to make an executive decision, such as, "Only two honors courses per school year allowed. Which one are the most important to you?" If you haven't done ...


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If you can afford counseling, that might be a good idea. Be sure to find someone with experience with transgender and gay issues. It sounds to me as if your child is having anxieties due to gender and disability issues (something (s)he can't control) and is transferring to something (s)he can control. It will be important to find a place where (s)he can ...


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It kind of sounds like your child might feel a bit out of control and needs a bit of help forming structure around their life. Something you can do is to sit down with them and discuss solid achievable goals. They need to differentiate between achievable and useless goals. Tell them that having goals, such as being "not good enough", aren't achievable and ...



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