Rachael - posted on 05/31/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )
My daughter tends to be obsessive about her interests. I know that's normal, especially for a gifted child. But recently she has become similarly obsessed with what used to be minor fears (the dark, the basement, loud noises...) Up until about three months ago, she would be slightly nervous entering a dark room or our basement alone and disliked loud noises. Now she cries and freezes when asked to enter her own room after dark without company. She will wet her pants rather than use the bathroom in the basement. She obsesses about every single noise she hears until I identify it as harmless (In a confident manner with a reasonable explanation). We live in a big city. Sometimes there are noises. Sometimes they are so slight, I have to work to hear them. I am incredibly frustrated. These fears only seem to manifest at home or at school. She isn't afraid of new places or scary pictures.
She has also become incredibly clingy. She has always been extremely independent. Now she freaks out if I get out of the car to pump gas.