Recently, a Texas family shared that their 6-year-old daughter experienced violent hallucinations while on Tamiflu.The little girl reportedly even tried harming herself.After Ellis heard this recent report in Texas, it pushed him even more to warn other parents and to let this family know they aren’t alone.“It was the worst thing you can imagine as a parent not knowing if my daughter was going to make it from day to day,” he said.It would be three years before Faith-Ann, now 20 and a film student in Los Angeles, told her parents about the depth of her distress.She hid the marks on her torso and arms, and hid the sadness she couldn’t explain and didn’t feel was justified. She loved her parents and knew they’d be supportive if she asked for help.The first time Faith-Ann Bishop cut herself, she was in eighth grade. “It makes the world very quiet for a few seconds,” says Faith-Ann.It was 2 in the morning, and as her parents slept, she sat on the edge of the tub at her home outside Bangor, Maine, with a metal clip from a pen in her hand. “For a while I didn’t want to stop, because it was my only coping mechanism.
Not only was Lindsay experiencing hallucinations, she could barely eat, talk or even move.
She just couldn’t bear seeing the worry on their faces. Self-harm, which some experts say is on the rise, is perhaps the most disturbing symptom of a broader psychological problem: a spectrum of angst that plagues 21st century teens.
For Faith-Ann, cutting was a secret, compulsive manifestation of the depression and anxiety that she and millions of teenagers in the U. Adolescents today have a reputation for being more fragile, less resilient and more overwhelmed than their parents were when they were growing up.
I hadn’t learned any other way.” The pain of the superficial wound was a momentary escape from the anxiety she was fighting constantly, about grades, about her future, about relationships, about everything. Sometimes she’d throw up, other times she’d stay home.
“It was like asking me to climb Mount Everest in high heels,” she says.