Son and Anxiety

Wendy - posted on 11/12/2008 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My 17 year old has anxiety attacks so bad he had to leave school this semester. He is waiting for psychiatric help but in the meantime he can't leave the house because the attacks are so bad. We need him back in school for Feb. Does anybody have any thoughts?

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Jessica - posted on 11/14/2008

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Have you thought of hypnotherapy? We are doing that right now with my son and in his first session we learned about a traumatic experience when he was 4 that has caused him alot of stress at school. He is feeling better about it and liked how he felt after the session. We are going back for another one. Maybe a non traditional approach is worth looking at. We feel the same that we dont want him medicated if not necessary and you all know as moms we will do anything to help our kids.

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Clementine - posted on 01/06/2013

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If your child is busy, chances are he won't have anxiety attacks. Being bust would always help me. It gets your mind off things.

Clementine - posted on 01/06/2013

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I used to have anxiety just like that, and I went to therapy and it really helped. But first of all, let me tell you something about therapy.

Chances are if you have anxiety, your child will be shy. Sometimes therapy can make it worse because the child feels like he/she is being put under pressure or maybe doesn't want to talk about what they are nervous about. Try and look for signs when he is nervous, and tell him to breath in and breath out, which totally will help. Reading before bedtime is a good one too. Also, computer screens are a big one. My therapist told me that spending too much time looking at a computer can really make you nervous. Every night before bed, make him sit and think about his day and make him get all his thoughts out so there are not one million thoughts running through his head at night and he can sleep in peace. hoped this helped.

Cheryl - posted on 11/14/2008

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I also have a 17 yr old son who has severe anxiety attacks (although thankfully not so severe that he can`t continue on in school).

His are usually clustered in the evening, so it affects his ablity to get proper rest (and we all know how much fun an overtired teenage boy can be). ; )

Our doctor wants B to end up in counselling as well, but the wait-lists are ridiculous (at least here in Kamloops), so in the meantime, he has prescribed him Lorazepam for intermittent use, but that`s all that he can do. The Lorazepam does work wonders, but has our Dr worried about its possible addictive properties, so he`s not thrilled about having to prescribe it to him, and therefore he can only count on having 10 good nights per month (sinbce that`s all our Dr will give him in a month), and I`m not sure it`s fair to have him need to guess whether tomorrow will be worse than today is...

Once he`s older, he`ll be able to go on an antidepressant such as Zoloft (which I understand is specifically effective for treating anxiety disorders), but what I understand is that the side effects in teens are horrific, and due to that, neither the doctor or myself are willing to chance trying them now.

Definately a horrible position for your son to be stuck in... and hard on a Mom not being able to help.

Keisha - posted on 11/14/2008

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Pray and do what your doing trying to get him in with docs and find out what all is going on with him.. .good luck!

Jessica - posted on 11/14/2008

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And yes please tell him he is NOT ALONE and is doing the best thing by trying to handle it! If more people sought help for their stress and anxiety this world would be a more peaceful place!

Wendy - posted on 11/13/2008

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Thank you all for the reassurance and kind thoughts. I talk with Cory everyday about how he is feeling. He was on Clanazopam and Lorazapam but he says neither worked. The last doctor we spoke to doesn't want to medicate him. She feels he can overcome this with therapy. Cory is willing to try this but the wait list is 4-6 months and doesn't get him back to school. Three years ago the child Psychiatrist said he was showing signs of bi-polar. We are on the wait list to see him again also. It will be good for him to read your thoughts and words I'm sure he will be reassured he's not alone.

Gracie - posted on 11/13/2008

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i'm really sorry to hear that wendy. speaking from personal experiences (i had anxiety attacks at that age too), it's important to know what traumatic experience is troubling him. if he isn't ready to confide in you then it is best to show your support. spending time, making him your priority, hugs and saying a little prayer for him will do wonders. he needs affirmation. all the best!

Roseanna - posted on 11/13/2008

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My 14 year old daughter has suffered with terrible anxiety since she was 9. It's very hard to find meds that work with there chemistry. We had some luck with Lexapro for a short time but now were back where we started. We've come to the conclusion that she also is bipolar. She's been out of school for the past 2 weeks. The thought of going there sends her into a tailspin of panic. Xanax does help but this really sucks to see your child hurting so bad. I try to be as supportive as I can but it's sooo hard watching her shriveled up on the couch in the fetal possition, so depressed and scared. Good luck to you and him....your not alone.

Jessica - posted on 11/12/2008

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My 13 yr old has general anxiety disorder that is made worse by his poor sleeping patterns. He calls me everyday wanting to come home from school. You have my prayers and support. I learned to help talk him down and give him reassurance. I would call you doctor and get a low dose prescription of xanax until you can see the psych. Xanax is fast acting but doesnt stay in your system for a long time. We tried Lexapro for about 4 weeks but my son said he didnt feel any better and I think it made him more sensitive. It also takes 4-6 weeks to take effect. We also use relaxing music and deep breathing to help him when he gets worked up. Also tell him he's not alone. So many people suffer from anxiety attacks. Good Luck!

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