"My daughter and her struggle with anorexia nervosa"

About: Sligo/Leitrim Mental Health Services / Sligo Child and Adolescent Community Mental Health Services

(as a parent/guardian),

Diagnosed in 2021'and in a very fragile state with very low weight and low self esteem.Dr Vtich took her under her wing and brought her back to a fairly healthy weight.This time only her weight was healthy and mentally not so good, and unfortunately she refused to engage in services and her weight and mental health regressed after a few months.

Our Dr referred her back to Dr Vtich and thankfully this time everything went really well and we were so thankful she took her on again.

Our daughter was seen each week by Edel the dietician and Siobhan the nurse ,and they gave her such great support, understanding and  professional care and kindness .

Our daughter has gained great confidence delights in getting dressed up and going out to meet her friends and she's enjoying life like a teenager should again. We are beyond grateful to Dr Vtich , Siobhan and Edel for supporting us and our daughter through a very difficult time . 

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Response from Joanne O'Halloran, Senior Clinical Psychologist, Sligo/Leitrim Mental Health Service, HSE 16 months ago
Joanne O'Halloran
Senior Clinical Psychologist, Sligo/Leitrim Mental Health Service,

I meet with service users and sometimes with their families. I assess psychological problems and provide psychological interventions in an effort to help service users overcome their difficulties.

Submitted on 10/03/2023 at 10:59
Published on Care Opinion at 10:59

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Dear Lexi1,

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience of the care provided by the CAMHS team here in Sligo for your daughter. I know it can be so difficult for parents to see their child/teenager struggle with difficulties that are impacting their mental and/or physical health.

It is really lovely to read your words describing how your daughter is "enjoying life like a teenager should". I am sure it has not been easy for her to overcome those difficulties that you describe and it has taken courage and hard work for her to make those changes.

I will share your feedback with Dr Veitch, Siobhan, Edel and everyone in CAMHS. It will be reassuring and encouraging to the team here.

May your daughter continue to thrive as young people should.


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