I know this isn't the site for children issues but my friend has a problem with her daughter Gwen. She always happy when she's with people. But when she's alone. (example: bathroom, at home, school) she's always crying. Her family can't get a cat or dog since they can't afford a pet either and I don't know how to help Gwen. Any ideas?
Depending on her age, it could be hormonal. It could be something stressing her (school, other kids, etc...). Most schools offer counseling (as in with a child psychologist) at no cost to the parents. It could be a chemical imbalance. Only a physician can rule out any physiological or psychological problems.
Best of luck to your friends.
"Some days you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant". author unknown
She is 14 years old and she always has friends at her house everyday and no brothers or sisters and she's always happy. I just don't understand. Everytime I ask her, she just cries harder. And when it gets out of hand, she storms out of the room.
Are there any services like family services available where she could get counseling? It sounds a little like depression or bipolar 2 - which is a milder form of bipolar disorder 1 - not so high manias and not so low depressions but mood swings for no reason at all.
I do know how she feels as I have mood swings. And sometimes, it can be frustrating and tiring to be 'normal' with family and friends and then when you're alone, it comes out. I'm not saying she has bipolar but if she could get some counseling, I think that would help her. Someone objective to talk to. She may be embarrassed if she tells you...maybe she herself isn't sure exactly why she's crying and is frustrated. Yeah it could be hormonal but I wish I had had a caring friend like you when I was 14. I hope your friend can get some help.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland