Did the pediatrician prescribe melatonin for her sleep? I've noticed that has a good ability to help me sleep with probably the fewest side effects of anything I've tried, including valerian, kava kava, and good old diphenhydramine (benadryl or tylonol pm).View Thread
Definitely a good idea. I might reccomend trying a child psychologist first though, rather than a pychiatrist, because they will be less likely to medicate immediately. The coping behaviors she learns can help you too, and knowing her mom got through it will help her get through it. I've heard of some of these behaviors in autism spectrum children as well, so a good thorough workup will help you see all sides of the problem and find a better solution.View Thread
I have a suggestion or two for you. First, try to let your worry spur you to study earlier. Break things up into manageable chunks. Perhaps join a study group once you feel a little better. When the anxiety comes up, think about it this way: "I know this is going to be uncomfortable for a while, but that's just my anxiety acting up. I'm stronger than my anxiety. I can handle this." Say it even if you don't believe it. Once you start to push back against your anxiety and embrace it instead of trying to avoid it, you will start to feel better almost immediately.
Also, have some nice green tea before you study. It has natural calming effects and is good for your brain. It also doesn't give you a jittery effect. The warmth in your stomach lends itself to calm, too.
Lastly, breathe. It's pysically harder to be anxious if you are breathing slowly and deeply.
My gut tells me that the sleeping is his mind's way of giving him an "out." LIke, "I can't help it if I'm sleepy, I can't control that, I'm just going to sleep." Not as a conscious thing, but it kind of sounds to me like some part of him really wants to avoid his anxiety and so it makes him sleepy so he doesn't have to. Again, I'm not saying he's doing on purpose. Therapy mgiht help find out why he's letting his brain do this though. You may want to gently ask him "is it hard to deal with stress? Is there some way I can help support you so it's easier?"
Ultimately, he really, really needs to find some way to take responsibility. He needs to acknowledge that this sort of thing happens, take action to counteract it, and do something about it. If he doesn't, because he's not really disabled, he's going to end up with absolutely nothing, or sponging off charity. I don't think he wants that. I hope he sees the light. And I wish you the best!View Thread
Whitej1, one thing to consider is that sometimes (yes, I know, only sometimes) OCD is about wanting some control over stress or an environment that seems out of one's control. My spouse has really bad OCD symptoms when she feels powerless. It's common for teens to feel like they have no control over their lives or their situations, and it's also common for teens to feel a lot of stress. I wonder if he would do better if he felt like he had more self determination?View Thread
Not sure about that particular name, but I can tell you that when my anxiety is acting up, my thinking goes to heck. I mean, my actual ability to think and absorb information becomes severely compromised. I can see how that would affect reading ability.View Thread
It could be anxiety. It's amazing what the mind can do at times. It can also just be your sinuses and inner ears giving you trouble. It's amazing how much harder it can be to concentrate, even if you are suffering from really mundane symptoms. Of course, the minute you start worrying about it, the worse the symptoms will feel. If the doctor wasn't worried, I wouldn't be, unless the symptoms get really really bad. I've had all that you describe form a simple cold.
01helpmeout, I've been here quite a while (four yeears, give or take) and I find that usually people are fairly supportive and nice, even if they don't know the answer to a question. There aren't many like An_258778. But I share your concern.View Thread
An_258776, keep in mind that the original poster said she was a teenage girl. How is she supposed to "pay a doc like the rest of us?" There is really no call for that type of rudeness, particularly when we already have a problem with not enough people responding in a helpful way.View Thread