Child Anxiety

Elizabeth - posted on 08/04/2015 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My 8 year old daughter has been going through some anxiety issues. The biggest one right now is rain. She becomes absolutely terrified when clouds move in or there is a shift in the wind. I've been tossing the idea of taking her to counseling but I'm really not sure we're really to that point. Ideas?

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Dove - posted on 08/05/2015

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Leah... how could I be responding to you when I posted over an hour before you did...? ;)

The replies are posted backwards unless you go to the 'view replies by' area and switch it to oldest instead of most recent... real pain in the butt and I don't know why they have it like that.

Dove - posted on 08/05/2015

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Counseling is definitely a good idea and isn't really something you want to 'wait til that point' on... if it will help her in anyway... the sooner the better.

Dove - posted on 08/05/2015

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♥ Definitely time to seek some counseling if you can. Anxiety is a HARD thing to live with, but she can learn skills to manage it.

Jodi - posted on 08/05/2015

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It's probably a good idea to have her assessed. This seems like a bit more than anxiety.

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Elizabeth - posted on 08/05/2015

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Leah I've tried all of that. Books to dancing in the rain. It has been hard. She goes through phases of other anxieties also. For awhile she wouldn't get on elevators....

Leah - posted on 08/05/2015

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Perhaps getting her a childrens book about rain...and/or whatever topic is an issue for her at the time.
i used to sit down and 'play therapist' w/mine. Example: 'ok___, now tell me how the rain makes you feel....'' and then respond to whatever she says to dig deeper...and to keep it simple; easy to understand.
It w/go on and on for a little while and then the source w/b revealed eventually.
We w/b closer for it, and she w/b relieved as her feelings w/b validated not made fun of or minimized.

Leah - posted on 08/05/2015

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Hi Dove,
Not sure if you are replying to me or not...but yest counseling w/b great....the issue w/me is the $$; lack thereof.
Thanks.
Lea.

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