9 year old with anxiety issues

Melissa - posted on 01/07/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My 9 year old has nightly anxiety issues. She is trying breathing and cognitive behavior therapy currently because I really don't want to do medication if we can avoid it.

Anyone else have these issues with their daughters? or sons too I guess. Or is she just melodramatic?
Thanks!
Melissa

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Melissa - posted on 01/07/2010

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Quoting tessa:

I personally have anxiety issues, my mom does too. Whenever I had a panic attack my mom would hold me and make me look at her and focus on her and breathe to stabalize myself.
As I got older my mom wasn't always there. I jsut recognized situations that caused the anxiety and tried to either avoid them or have someone with me who could "bring me back to earth."
Now as an adult there are still certain circumstances that I don't do well with but I learned how to cope when I was younger and am able to talk myself through it.

My anxiety was triggered a little differently that your daughter's but hopefully my story gives you some hope that it is very possible to deal with anxiety without medication :)

Does she have a sibling that she can sleep with? Or perhaps you could set up a baby monitor in her room so that she knows all she has to do is call out and you will be right there. Something to give her the security that it sounds like she needs.


Thank you for your insight Tessa. It seems to happen the most just as she is going to bed at night. Literally as she is walking in to her bedroom. We went through this about five years ago when she was almost 5. She grew out of them back then, and she seems to almost cause them to happen. She can be happy and bounding and as soon as I say time for bed, she bursts in to hysterics. I am not saying she is being a brat trust me if it was that I would deal with it.



This is beyond that, and my doctor wants to try looking into a medication that she could take. I am just worry she would have issues then at school. She is very impressionible. If I told her it was to help her sleep then she would be wanting it every night- panic attack or not.



I just want a night of no crying.I might see if the monitor idea will work for her.



thanks,



Melissa

Tessa - posted on 01/07/2010

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I personally have anxiety issues, my mom does too. Whenever I had a panic attack my mom would hold me and make me look at her and focus on her and breathe to stabalize myself.

As I got older my mom wasn't always there. I jsut recognized situations that caused the anxiety and tried to either avoid them or have someone with me who could "bring me back to earth."

Now as an adult there are still certain circumstances that I don't do well with but I learned how to cope when I was younger and am able to talk myself through it.



My anxiety was triggered a little differently that your daughter's but hopefully my story gives you some hope that it is very possible to deal with anxiety without medication :)



Does she have a sibling that she can sleep with? Or perhaps you could set up a baby monitor in her room so that she knows all she has to do is call out and you will be right there. Something to give her the security that it sounds like she needs.

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