I think you are right to be concerned, and that these behaviors your daughter exhibits are out of the norm for a 7-year old.
I would highly suggest you finding a really good Child Psychologist who has a PhD to evaluate your daughter. An evaluation should be over several visits, paperwork filled out by her teacher, more forms for you and her father to fill out, talk to your daughter alone, talk to you and her father, then compile a comprehensive report stating a course of treatment and diagnosis.
In my experience symptoms such as you describe will not go away, and they could potentially get worse, so I would take some time now and find a really good Child Psychiatrist.
My oldest daughter did/does this too. She used to do it a lot, and over the years it's become less and less frequent.
Honestly, if its not interrupting her daily activities and she isn't obsessed with doing it, I'd probably just ignore it. Sometimes when you stop giving a behavior attention, the child will naturally reduce the behavior.
If she continues to do it in an obsessive manner, and/or starts another behavior (pulling out hair, tantrums, constant worry), then you may want to seek out a Child Psychologist to evaluate her. Here is an article that may be helpful: http://www.anxietybc.com/parent/index.php
My daughter struggles with extreme anxiety also - so I totally understand.
Anxiety can be debilitating to those who suffer with it, so you often have to weigh the medication benefit - - should she suffer through it? or use some medication to be able to tolerate it?
Medication doesn't have to be life long. Once a person feels better, they often are more open to therapy, and learning coping tools. Eventually with time/maturity and learning, then can get off medication. That's the hope!
I don't know anything about Military insurance.......can you find and see a Psychiatrist without a Dr.s referral? If so, I would recommend your daughter first seeing a psychiatrist to evaluate her condition. Anxiety/depression are related and it takes an expert to dig deeper into your daughters feelings and behaviors. If the psychiatrist feels medication may be a good first step - then I'd move on to a psychologist/therapist who specializes in DBT (here is a informative link) http://overcomingsocialanxiety.com/dialectical-behaviour-therapy/ This type of therapy is super helpful in helping the person become aware of their emotions and how to handle them.
I hope some of this helps?! Take care, -KathleenView Thread
That's good you wrote. Can you talk with your parents, or a trusted adult about your thoughts?
DBT therapy is really helpful for these intrusive thoughts and you can learn tools to help you when these thoughts come in to your head. Sometimes its as easy as distracting yourself purposely, other times you may need to use a different approach.