I'm sorry to hear this. It must be hard to feel so helpless in helping our daughter. I think this is a typical issue of puberty. A lot of teens usually feel down because they have low self-esteem and confidence. What you can do is to assure her that she is beautiful or just compliment her everyday. This could help boost that confidence back up. You could send her to activities or camps that could help her boost her self-esteem. I'm sure there are a lot available that provides this kind of issues. But whatever it is, just always be there for your kid. Any support can go a long way.
This made me so sad to read. When I was 10 I started my period and I became depressed and developped anorexia. I still struggle to this day. I wish I had someone notice though, like you are noticing. Keep telling her she is amazing and continue to do "kid" things with her. Growing up is hard and even though most girls don't admit it, it is scary becoming a woman. At 11, she's still a child and I know how she feels because it happened to me. I am not saying you should be concerned because she is likely going to be just fine. You noticed, and that is great!
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I started my period at 10. I was 5'3" and 115 lbs....very developed, and I attended a school where 98% of the students were petite Asians. I was made fun of a lot, became depressed, and eventually developed a serious eating disorder which required 1.5 years of residential inpatient treatment to help fix.
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