We're seeing improvements in our relationship, but having to "ignore" her avoidance behaviors is driving me crazy. It is crazy! But it's very difficult to have any conversation about the actual problem without it getting twisted and setting her off. She's admitted she has repetitive body focus behaviors and wanted help, but decided she's dealing with it on her own. Her way was illegal a few years ago and just more escape.
Thank you for help with book advice!
Hi Irene - Dr. Lebowitz's book “Treating Childhood and Adolescent Anxiety: A Guide for Caregivers” is a great one and has a chapter on young adults that might be especially relevant for you. His new book “Breaking Free of Child Anxiety and OCD: A Scientifically Proven Program for Parents” is geared toward children and adolescents, but it does offer a step-by-step guide for how to implement SPACE - which seems to be more what you are looking for. While some of the examples might therefore not be as relevant to your daughter, the tools and practical advice should still apply. Wishing you and your daughter all the best!