How do I help my 8 yr old daughter sleep easy?

Amy - posted on 07/12/2011 ( no moms have responded yet )




My 8 yr old has really bad panic attacks at bed time, it has been going on for years now and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. She slept with me until she was 4 yrs old, then when I got pregnant with her brother we made her start sleeping in her own room. We had been trying before that but it never took, but when she started kicking me in the belly in her sleep when I was pregnant it had to be done for safety reasons. Its been a nightmare ever since. She has such bad anxiety attacks that she vomits most nights. She went on Trazadone at age 5 and stayed on for about a year and a half, but it caused her already nerves stomach to hurt all the time so she went off of it, now things are worse than ever. What makes things worse is she hates it so bad and begs me to help make the anxiety go away but i just don't know what to do. She has been in therapy for many years now but it doesn't seem to help cause she can never remember the calming tools they taught her when she is in an attack. They want to put her on Zoloft but we are so afraid of that kind of therapy at such a young age, her brain isn't even done growing yet so the idea of messing with its chemistry is frighting. We keep hoping that she will grow out of it but its always the same. She isn't too anxious during the day but she needs constant approval and freaks completely out at any sign of punishment or disapproval. She has these very dramatic fits for even the simplest punishments like being sent to her room for a 5 minute time out when she is misbehaving. I am so exhausted mentally and emotionally, and now my 3 year old son is starting to do the same things. I am at my wits end, if anyone has any advice please let me know. I pray for a light at the end of this very long dark tunnel.

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