My son has had severe panic attacks for a few years now. Last year, we found a school that is a good fit for him (about 100 students / 5 or 6 per class). Teachers love him, he got along with everyone, made friends, etc. and he was doing his work and making A’s and B’s,
Despite all that, the Panic Attacks came back around December. He always has some anxiety (like most PA suffers do, I think) and tries to function normally.
I can’t seem to get people to understand the difference; the physical things that happen that, at that moment, you can’t control (the heart pounding, throat closing, sever back pain or stomach pain, nausea, etc.). All those symptoms that have caused so many people to end up in the emergency room thinking they were having a heart attack and going to die.
I hate the things that teachers and counselors say in an attempt to (be helpful?). For example, I just received his (Individual Education Plan) in the mail that I need to sign and return, it states, in part: “Johnny needs to find a way to face and overcome his fears if he is to function successfully in society”. NO ****!!
That just made me think he’s going to get a bunch of lectures when he goes back.
“You know it’s really important for you to be here everyday”, etc.
I’m trying to think of a what to say that would cause a light bulb to go off in there heads so they will stop thinking he’s just not trying hard enough or he’s lazy and doesn’t want to go.
(I read something that did it for me but I can’t remember what).
Please don’t misunderstand; I’m not saying there’s nothing that can be done to help.
We’re doing everything possible. He’s on medication (the 4th or 5th attempt at finding what will work for him) and has had 5 or 6 biofeedback sessions.
I just hate the attitude people have about Panic Disorder and him.
He first tried Paxil and Zanax which did absolutely nothing. When I told the truancy officer this, her response was, “Well, he should be back in school then. Lots of kids are taking Zanax and now they’re fine”.