Post Edited (Howlyncat) : 1/9/2007 3:44:33 AM (GMT-7)
any valium type med at an appropriate dose, as needed, will calm him, let him do difficult things and enable him to get some self confidence
also pay attention to how he breathes, rapid shallow panting is bad for anxiety, deep slow breathing is good
might help to get him a dog, some children are allowed to have support dogs
I would treat his problems as simply the habit of being too afraid, treat his symptoms and dont go looking for causes or a diagnosis
again I think that valium type meds ( available as liquid drops) are the best for him
also try massaging him and see if he likes it, use any salad oil or special massage oil can be bought
Coming to think of it, Joey had a frightfull and longlasting experience at age 3. Our neighbour's house was severely under construction at that time and it lasted 2 years. Untill Joey was almost 5! Every evening this caused tremendous noise as they were using pneumatic drills and demolition hammers. Quite frequently we were unable to have any conversation and Joey had to fall asleep in an infernal racket almost every night. Like he had to go to sleep in a warzone! Of course we complained, but the law was not on our side because such 'inconvenience' is permitted over here till 10 pm. (Joey went to bed at 7 pm).
Thenagain all "professionals" (child psychiatrist, psychologists) assured and reassured us all this could not cause all the problems Joey is suffering from. They firmly stated that there had to be a deeper cause for this kind of behaviour and anxiety. So who's to tell? Probably they're right but it doesn't help much, does it?
Post Edited By Moderator (Howlyncat) : 1/10/2007 1:26:03 PM (GMT-7)