A. It would be wise to keep close track of her. You should check with her about her moods and offer nonjudgmental support. You should also check her phone and internet/social media interactions. These things might give you some insight into what might be wrong. Some parents would consider this snooping and disrespectful but, given your concerns, you need to be aware of everything that is going on in her life. Until she is 18, moved out of your home, and living independently, you have the right to know what is happening in her life. It is especially important if you suspect mental illness.
You said that you forced her to go to counseling once but she did not seem to take it seriously. Once is not enough. The therapist is a stranger and few people would feel comfortable discussing their problems with a stranger. Trust takes time to develop. She should return to therapy but you might consider family therapy instead of individual therapy. That way, it shows that you all want to help improve the lives of each other and the family as a whole. Please take care.
Dr. Kristina Randle