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Coming from first hand experience of being a melodramatic teen with ADHD I can say the only thing that works is consistent love and support. Ur a step parent so they pretty much never assume ur gna be around forever and maybe even like their biological father better if he’s in the pic and feel ur trying to replace him. Just be loving. One on one time is crucial. Take her to the movies, to the mall or something just u two on a regular basis so it becomes a habituated bonding experience. But don’t sacrifice ur dignity if she’s in a foul mood. When my stepdad did that as a child it just made me lose respect for him. My favorite times were just authentic, honest and spur of the moment time together like driving to get ice cream.