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Bipolar, Depression, Grief & Anxiety

I have a 14 year old daughter who has slipped. She had a panic attack in the living room and I saw her cuts. She finally cried and told me everything, which made me feel like a bad parent for not noticing this earlier. She told me she was Bipolar, in depression and grieving for her older brother who has passed. Yet, she was always so bubbly and always made people laugh. Why haven't I seen this sooner before it had gotten worse? She is a sweet girl but, at times, even when being asked a question, she lashes out. Could she be Bipolar or is it simply part of her? I''m very scared of what she will do over the years. And she is adopted, which makes me feel guilty because today she got angry and said things about herself being adopted.

Help? Why is she like this?

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