anxiety disorders in children

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mom728
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   Posted 1/5/2007 8:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I am the mother of an eleven year old boy who has anxiety.  Specifically, he is afraid that he is going to have a heart attack and die.  It gets worse at night; he is afraid of going to sleep.  I've made an appointment with a child psychiatrist, but it's over a month away.  Can anyone give me any advise on how to deal with it?  It's starting to take it's toll on the entire family.  Thanks!

Twiggygal
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   Posted 1/5/2007 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Try to be as supportive as possible... does he like to read? Tell him to read right before he sleeps and perhaps teaching him some breathing techniques.

I have had anxiety/panic disorder since I was 8 years old, and it's awful as a child with not knowing what to do and no support from your parents. (I have had NONE up until a couple years ago, and I've suffered with this disorder for much longer than that)

So PLEASE be supportive because he definately going to need it. A good support system will help him get through this much easier.

It's a pity that the appt. is a month away, I can only imagine what the poor kid is going through (as I've been there), I'm glad you're taking action though to take him to some type of doctor.

Tell him everything will be okay, (do not tell him to calm down, we panic disorder sufferers HATE those words LOL, it makes us stress even more!!) give him a hug and maybe sit with him a couple nights before he goes to bed and let him know he is far too young to die of a heart attack.

(then again we all have those fears.. .I always thinking I'm having a heart attack, but I'm not.)

I hope this helps.


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GFK
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   Posted 1/5/2007 9:55 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd try distraction - like the books Twiggy suggested or tv (comedies), word search puzzles, etc. My daughter went thru a phase like that (though not as bad). It had to do with stuff they were teaching in health class. Maybe if you took him to the doctor for reassurance? Kids tend to think doctors are infallable at that age, so a clean bill of health may put him at ease.

Karen

mom728
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   Posted 1/6/2007 5:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks, Twiggy and Karen, for your replies.  It is nice to know that there are people who understand.  Good news regarding the dr. appt.  He'll begin seeing a child psychologist next week.  As for sleeping, he's been sleeping in my room on the floor in a sleeping bag for the past few weeks.  We're hoping the visit with the psychologist will help.  Anyway, thanks, again, for your advice.

Rock50
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   Posted 1/6/2007 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Mom,

Do you know of anything that brought this on, it will help the doctor. Many time it can be a T.V. show or as GFK said something being taught at school. If he has someone he really trust they can help by doing what Twiggy was suggesting, simply explaining that Kids do not die from Heart Attacks. I hate it when anybody suffers from anxiety but especially when its a child.

Mom you try to relax because he will read you and if you are calm it will help him tremendoulsy. Hopefully something has just scared him or he is looking for some attention and the doctor will get it straightened out pretty quick.

Good Luck

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   Posted 1/7/2007 6:29 AM (GMT -6)   
Your welcome mom728, I'm glad your son is seeing a child psychologist shortly. That's great! *HUGS* It's got to be hard on you that your little boy (now growing up) is having these problems, but he WILL get better, he just needs some help.

Just let him know he is NOT alone in this and there are many out there like him and he CAN get past this... he may or may not have this forever.. and hopefully he won't have it forever... hopefully he won't even need meds ever to get thru his anxiety.

:)

How is he doing? How are you doing?

Let us know!!! :)


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   Posted 1/7/2007 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Mom,

I am sorry your son is going through this. It is something I would not even wish on my worst enemy...I say to take the path you have started with seeing a psych...You have definately gotten some good advice here already. Support is a biggie...Hope it all works out well.
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Howlyncat
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   Posted 1/8/2007 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there
Sorry for the late reply I have been ill and not on as much last day or so ......
My daughter has anxiety she is totally afraid of death but she has lost her Bio dad ,great grandma ,nana and a good friend all in a couple of yrs
Plus as I am a/p and OCD she picks it up from me I am sure
I have her in couselling and it is helping but she doesnt talk totally about some issues like being threatened with a gun at school and other things like peer pressure too much
I have been able to keep the communication open with her thank God for that and we do talk as much as possible
It is hard to see your child going thru this 'I do feel your anguiosh and pain
Honestly I do
Cait knows I have crohns and a/p but I have not told her of another health issue I am dealing with yet
I have to but I have to get it right in my heart and head first

I really applaud you for noticing your sons problem and quickly getting help it is imperative IMO for our children and I think you are being a great Mom....There is so much they deal with these days and it is hard I dont remember things being like this in the 50's lol ya know....maybe cuz I blocked out a lot of it ....
If you need to talk my info is all at the side under my name and I would be more than happy to chat with you
Know you are not alone and also know you are heading on theright path IMO
God Bless
All the best to you and your son

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