Liza - posted on 11/18/2011 ( 7 moms have responded )
My son has been diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder. It started at age 4 with his irrational fear that the building he was in was going to crumble if he was on any floor but the ground level. (Fear of heights) He would go as far as to hold onto the walls until we got on the ground again.
Now That he's 10, his fears are mostly socially related. His dad and I are divorced and he is supposed to spend equal time with each of us. He often asks questions like "Do you hate me sometimes?", "Do you still love me?" and tells me that his dad and sibilings at dad's don't love him. If his best friend doesn't talk to him because he is busy, he gets really depressed and sulks about saying nobody likes him.
I try to reassure my son that he is a smart, great kid and I love him and so does his dad. The closer we get to puberty, the more concerned I am because adolescents with GAD have a high rate of suicide during puberty. How can I help my son with his anxiety without putting him on medication?