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10 Feb 2006

My sister
Hi I need your advise regarding my sister's behavior. She is 16 now and she is behaving in a terrible way. It actually started last year when she was 15. She is liying a lot and stealing money. She is alway in trouble at school. She nearly got suspended from school because of her behavior. She used to be a responsible person, performing best at school until last year when she changed school. She is in grade 10 which she had failed badly. it was for the very first time that she had failed. We have been trying to talk to her for a very long time but she still doesn't change. Is something wrong with her or is it just a stage. her behavior ie getting out of hand now and nobady likes her.
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01 Jan 0001

It sounds as if there have been some major changes and in these circumstances I would want to investigate whether she is abusing substances. Radical changes in behaviour and failing at school can be indicators of drug use. Also changes in sleep pattern, with loss or gain can also feature.

Please consider taking het to the family doctor for a drugs test, and also ask his advice on counselling services either sepcifically for drugs if the test is positive, or for someone who specialises in adolecsent work even if its negative, as whatever the reason for the changes they are of concern and need attention
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