My daughter has had anxiety issues since kindergarten. She just turned nine two weeks ago. With some therapy she learned a few coping skills that helped her get through her school day. But each year her anxiety level seems to increase. Everyday/multiple times a day she asks me "if she will be ok, am I sure, will she get sick, am I super duper sure". She also says "I have heavy breathing, my heart is pounding, my stomach hurts" everyday. Recently, she saw vomit on the floor at school. Since that day she asked me about 20 times a day "am I going to throw -up,". In addition to the other questions. She cries , scream of fear, and hides because she does not want to go to school. I bring her to school crying everyday. We are working with the social worker at school as well as the principal, nurse and her teacher. I am trying to get her in with a physiatrist also. I guess I am looking for any information one might have that can help me help her. I feel so bad for her as she carries enough worry for the whole world on her shoulders.View Thread
Cjack1990, I am sorry to hear that you have suffered for so long. My daughter too, begs me to let her stay home. As far as a cause/trigger, the main thing I can think of is that she has a twin brother and in kindergarten is the first time they were not in class together. I would volunteer in her class for 1 hour and she would start crying within 5 minutes of me being there because she was already thinking about me leaving in an hour. She could not enjoy me being there. As a toddler she was always the strong one. I thought I would have to worry about her twin brother being on his own. It turned out he flourished by himself. He liked having his own teacher, his own class, his own experience. She worried where he was and if he was ok.
I recently told my daughter that she needs to start letting other people in. Letting people see her worry, and not hide it until she sees me. She even hides a lot from my husband. I explained to her that others need to know, her dad, nurse, teacher, social worker, grandparents ect so they can understand and be supportive too.
Did you try medication? And if so did/does it help? And at what age did you start? Our pediatrician, my husband and I have been against medication because she is so young and was able to cope. But after seeming how deathly afraid she is I am willing to research and explore this idea.
Cjack1990, thank you for taking the time to share your story.View Thread