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My eleven year old daughter is pretending to be sick and making her speech sound very strange. She has been doing this for 3 days and my spouse and I can't seem to get her to quit. She has "mistakenly" talked normal a few times but quickly faked ag

By Anonymous March 13, 2011 - 12:36pm
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This is definately being faked yet it is causing my spouse and I to worry about mental illness. We have no family history on either side. She is a first child, she is eleven with a 5 yr old sister. We are very adiment about giving "equal" attention to both and we are very involved and loving parents. Please Help.

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Hi Anonymous,
Thank you for your question and welcome to EmpowHer. If I can only think of the millions of reasons why I played sick growing up.......daydreaming. I am not sure we can diagnose a reason why she would do this but before jumping to a mental illness...lets think of many good reasons.

Does she want to go to school?
Is there a reason her voice doesn't "work"?
Is she getting bullied possibly at school?
Is she trying to get out of doing something? Ex. attending church?

Before being too concerned, I would talk to her to see if there is something possibly bothering her that is causing the lie. If I think back, there was always a reason I played sick....can there possibly be a reason she is?

I hope this helps.

March 13, 2011 - 1:31pm
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