Is it anxiety or medical related??? Opinions please!

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Red_34
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   Posted 11/24/2008 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I need some advice for my 13 year old daughter.  But let me give you a bit of a history on her first and then if you could, offer any opinions you may have.  I honestly don't know what she is going thru is medical related or if it's anxiety.
 
about a year and a half ago, she fell into a group of unsavory friends.  I found that she was harming herself, doing some drugs, had insomnia and was an emotional mess.  I took her to therapy and she seemed to be doing better.  She no longer hurts herself and she has made a 360 from where she was last year.  Partly I believe it was due to the stress of having my grandmother living with us that had many health problems and Alzheimers that she was acting out.  Since I moved my grandmother out into an assisted living center, things have calmed down significantly with my daughter.  But last July, she was tubing on the water when she fell off hitting her head on the water.  Since then she has been having headaches so I took her to the doctors.  The doctor put her thru p/t as well as using muscle relaxers.  That seemed to do the trick and her headaches got a lot better. No other neurological problems either by the way. So now enters a new problem.  She has been complaining of having a detached feeling.  Like she is in a dream.  I had to pick her up from school today because she had a major dizzy spell.  Of course her family doc is on vacation so I took her to urgent care.  They didn't do much for her there other then presribe a med for vertigo.  I made an appt with her family doc for next Monday to see about getting her in for a MRI just to be on the safe side.  But now I'm wondering if this detached feeling she is having can be from anxiety.  I asked her if she felt like was filled with anxiety and she felt she didn't think so.  That things are going pretty good for her at the moment, but can't anxiety attacks happen even if you are not aware of them? Or having circumstances that surround the attacks? 
 
I know that I may get my answer next Monday when she sees her family doc, but I thought I would ask your opinions.  Do you think it can be anxiety related, even if things seem to be going good for her? Or do you suppose that it can be medically related to her headaches?  To tell the truth, I am worried to death about her.  My spunky spry girl is not acting herself!  shakehead


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   Posted 11/24/2008 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi sherry,

I am sure you are very worried.  If she had an epidural bleed from the head injury the Doctors would have found it right away.

If she had a subdural bleed, The, signs and symptoms may show up within 24 hours but can be delayed as much as 2 weeks.  Other neuro problems I cannot speak to.

She is showing signs of having anxiety issues. If you are feeling emotionally detached from your surroundings, your friends and your family, you are most likely experiencing a symptom of anxiety disorder. Some people say they have a sense of unreality. It's also referred to as derealization and depersonalization – a sense that nothing is real.

Yes you can have anxiety and not recognize it.

As a Mother it is always safe to go with your gut feelings.  I will be praying for a good outcome. :-) I think the MRI is the best choice as you want to R/O the most serious possibility and then you can deal with the mental health at the same time by watching her closely and looking for any unusual behavior.

 

 



 

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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/24/2008 4:21 PM (GMT -7)   
Sherry
Cait was just like this and thru alot of patience and fear on my part I came to find out
she was and did have anxiety/ panic and some severe episodes of depression

THIS too was the crowd she was hanging with and I did post about what did happen with her
It scared the living Hades out of me .......


She would tell me she did not know what was wrong and I did not think it would be anxiety.....
I was wrong it definitely was

I have the opinion as well that your daughter is going thru anxiety......

Cait has come along way thank God and I am hoping yours daughter will as well as cait did

YOU are a great mom and the best thing IMHO is that you are trying to reach her and you are continuing to talk with her.........

I am so sorry she is feeling this w/o knowing what it is and that you have to watch your daughter be detached....

I know it was hard on me to see cait the way she was .........

It will get better.......

Keep us posted on the MRI plz and anytime we are here okay

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Red_34
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   Posted 11/24/2008 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Lyn and Kitt. Me and my daughter sat down at the computer and looked up the symptoms of anxiety and she pointed out several of the symptoms that she is having such as the detachment, sleep disturbances, dizziness, shortness of breath - so I now think that maybe that could be it. When I take her to the docs on Monday I will bring this up to her.

What do they do for teens with anxiety anyway? Do they prescribe medication maybe in conjunction with therapy - which btw, my daughter refuses to go to again (but if it is needed she WILL go because Mom says so).
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Mazfire
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   Posted 11/24/2008 10:46 PM (GMT -7)   

What do they do for teens with anxiety anyway? Do they prescribe medication maybe in conjunction with therapy - which btw, my daughter refuses to go to again (but if it is needed she WILL go because Mom says so).

Hi, i was diagnosed with Panic Disorder and generalised anxiety at 14. I was instantly medicated and continued to see a pychiatrist regularly. i still am medicated but i got out of the pit of panic, you sound like a great mum, im lucky to have parents that could see i was struggling also- please keep us posted and i hope and pray your daughter improves
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 11/25/2008 6:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Sherry
Cait is on Meds for this as well
IT has helped her with anxiety moods and detachment .......

There is online free Cognitive behavioural Therapy which is great IMHO
I know it has helped me
It teaches you to learn ways of turning negativity to positive input and many other things

I was DX and medicated at a young age too I believe I was 13 or 14 .....
I wish you all the best

YES you are a great MOM

Luvs

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