I have heard that low vitamin D can play a role in mental illness. In spite of sun exposure and taking cod liver oil I learned this week that I am deficient in vitamin D which surprised me. You never know unless you are tested. I would suggest getting her levels tested and then if she is deficient research and start therapeutic dosages of D3 and see if this helps improve things. Of course I suggest doing this in addition to getting professional help from a mental health practitioner.
I would also suggest getting rid of cable (and don't watch the news with her!) There is a lot of violence and scary content that our kids are exposed to that we don’t even think about because our society has been so desensitized. Your daughter sounds very sensitive and could be easily affected by these things.
I also suggest praying with her and teaching her to pray for peaceful happy thoughts and relief from anxiety, worry and negative, violent or scarythoughts. I read a book for adults called God’s Plan for Lasting Peace of Mind: Breaking the Worry Habit… Forever By Elizabeth George and it helped me significantly with my worry/anxiety “habit.” There are similar books for children. Here is just one link:
Also google EFT. I've never tried it but have heard amazing things and if my child were in this state of mind I would try it. Can't hurt!
I copied a little bit of the information I found about vitamin D and mental illness below. The link to www.vitamindcouncil.org/mentalIllness.shtml may be helpful.
I’m sorry you are going through this and hope that some of these suggestions help.
Study: Vitamin D Deficiency, Mental Disorders
A recent study of 53 patients at a private psychiatric clinic—who suffered from bipolar disorder, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or schizo-affective disorder—found that 60 percent were suffering from severe vitamin D deficiency, 11 percent were moderately deficient and, overall, the patients had vitamin D levels about 29 percent lower than a group with no mental illness.
The study has prompted researchers to wonder if vitamin D deficiency (which has long been linked to depression) may also contribute to psychiatric conditions such as personality disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Source: The Sydney Morning Herald
Study: Link Between Low Vitamin D, Depression
Vitamin D and Mental Illness
We propose vitamin D plays a role in mental illness based on the following five reasons:
1. Epidemiological evidence shows an association between reduced sun exposure and mental illness.
2. Mental illness is associated with low 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D] levels.
3. Mental illness shows a significant comorbidity with illnesses thought to be associated with vitamin D deficiency.
4. Theoretical models (in vitro or animal evidence) exist to explain how vitamin D deficiency may play a causative role in mental illness.
5. Studies indicate vitamin D improves mental illness.
My prayers are with your family!