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Daughter with weight and behaviour issues

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My daughter is 27 years old. She is overweight (78.5 kg) due to which she is upset and gets depressed and irritable. When she is angry she even gets violent. To add to this, she is also not able to find a suitable job. It's becoming very difficult for us to interact with her normally. We thought it might help if we see a counseller. But she is not willing to come. Please sugget if we should see a counseller without taking her along.

Vanaja (Mother)

Category: Psychiatrist

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Thanks for choosing DoctorSpring for posting your query.

I have gone through your question in detail and I can understand what you are going through.

Obesity is considered stressful these days for the youngsters and it is quite apparent that your daughter is not comfortable with it and is certainly stressed out. If this stays for long she may even land up with depression which is not good.

She will certainly need psychotherapy preferably cognitive behavioural therapy. This therapy involves 20 min weekly sessions which focus on changing the way one thinks about oneself, others and the future. I understand that she is not willing for the same. Try convincing her with the best possible way and tell her that she needs counselling for loosing weight and not for her behaviour.

If she agrees well and fine, and if not the next best thing would be you can visit a therapist and he can guide you in the way you can handle this issue at home.

Hope I am able to answer your concerns. If you have any further query, I would be glad to help you.

Wish you good health,
Kind regards
Dr. Srikanth Reddy M.D.

Dr. Srikanth Reddy
Category: Sexologist
Doctor of Medicine (MD), Psychiatry Residency Program,2001 – 2012
M.B.B.S,Mahatma Gandhi Institute Of Medical Sciences, Sevagram

Certificate Course in sex Therapy and Counselling, Sexology and Counselling, A
Sexology,Medikon Sexual Sciences, Mumbai

Training in Advanced Neurology at a leading corporate hospital (CARE hospital) in Hyderabad

Child Psychiatry Training in National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences, Bangalore

Sex Therapy and Counsellingat MEDIKON Sexual Sciences, Mumbai.
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