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#1 Happy Panther

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 08:06 AM

My oldest is having panic attacks over the weather. He has always been a nervous guy but nothing to worry about. 

 

But in the last week he his fear of storms and tornadoes has become debilitating. He knows logically that it will be fine but it will simply not get out of his head. He says "please help me stop worrying about it." Which breaks our hearts.

 

We have put him on the bus in absolute tears each morning for the past week

 

Anyway have an appointment on Monday with a specialist and we have been taking steps with some "tricks" we have read about. We have worry time at 7:00 each night and talk all about it.

 

Up until last week we have been able to simply talk him through any nervousness pretty easily.

 

His teacher is aware of it as is the school counselor although I don't expect too much from that.

 

Anyone dealt with something similar?



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 08:08 AM

LEGALIZE IT

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 08:16 AM

LEGALIZE IT

 

I saw that you posted in this topic and, honestly, this was the response I expected from you.  I'm sure the OP wants his oldest kid (which I imagine isn't that old) to light one up.  I have nothing against what you do, but you're not exactly selling other people.

 

OP, I don't really have any advice, but the fact that your kid recognizes his fear/anxiety has to be a good starting point.  Plus, it sounds like he has parents that actually care.  Best of luck to you.



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 08:16 AM

Nothing to that extreme but my son deals with a good amount of anxiety and has since he was 3-4 years old. Our doctor recommended a counselor if things got worse, which they haven't. Sounds like you're doing the right things. 

 

Good luck 



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 08:17 AM

My oldest is having panic attacks over the weather. He has always been a nervous guy but nothing to worry about. 

 

But in the last week he his fear of storms and tornadoes has become debilitating. He knows logically that it will be fine but it will simply not get out of his head. He says "please help me stop worrying about it." Which breaks our hearts.

 

We have put him on the bus in absolute tears each morning for the past week

 

Anyway have an appointment on Monday with a specialist and we have been taking steps with some "tricks" we have read about. We have worry time at 7:00 each night and talk all about it.

 

Up until last week we have been able to simply talk him through any nervousness pretty easily.

 

His teacher is aware of it as is the school counselor although I don't expect too much from that.

 

Anyone dealt with something similar?

 

Never heard of anything like that, HP. Most parents wouldn't admit it if their kids were suffering something similar, opting instead for a doctor and the requisite prescription for Adderal (sp?) or something.

 

Hopefully, it's one of those things that once addressed and put out there in the open will prove to be half the "cure." In the meantime, keep talking with your kids and let them know you're there for them. Actually taking the time to work through this with your kid is sooooooooo much better than pawning them off to the school, the doctor, the shrink. Like, real parenting skills, who would have thought, right?

 

Best of luck with it, you're a good guy and I know it'll have a positive outcome.

 

 


Edited by Anybodyhome, 14 May 2014 - 08:26 AM.


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Posted 14 May 2014 - 08:30 AM

At least he knows what it is that he is worried about.  Whenever I suffer from anxiety or panic attacks I have no idea what it actually is that I'm worried about.



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 08:32 AM

I saw that you posted in this topic and, honestly, this was the response I expected from you. I'm sure the OP wants his oldest kid (which I imagine isn't that old) to light one up. I have nothing against what you do, but you're not exactly selling other people.

OP, I don't really have any advice, but the fact that your kid recognizes his fear/anxiety has to be a good starting point. Plus, it sounds like he has parents that actually care. Best of luck to you.


Learn to take a joke bud, this is an Internet forum lol.

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 09:18 AM

How old is he?

 

When our youngest was about 11 he had issues going upstairs to bed at night unless someone was up there...

 

Not quite the same, but we just had to work thru it with him... took him about 3 months to work thru it.

 

You can't really explain it, it's just an irrational fear and it sounds like he understands that but can't get past it.

 

I'd say you're on the right track with some professional help.



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 09:22 AM

We had this with my stepson last year, two visits to the psychologist helped tremendously which surprised me.

PM if you want the name of our doc


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Posted 14 May 2014 - 10:13 AM

How old is he?

 

When our youngest was about 11 he had issues going upstairs to bed at night unless someone was up there...

 

Not quite the same, but we just had to work thru it with him... took him about 3 months to work thru it.

 

You can't really explain it, it's just an irrational fear and it sounds like he understands that but can't get past it.

 

I'd say you're on the right track with some professional help.

Thanks. He is 9.

 

His regular do is going to see him today.

 

I guess there are types of infections that can actually cause panic attacks. Doubt that is it but who knows.



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 10:13 AM

We had this with my stepson last year, two visits to the psychologist helped tremendously which surprised me.

PM if you want the name of our doc


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Posted 14 May 2014 - 12:09 PM

Talk talk and more talk. Reassuring times with dad. Its normal for a kid to make a mountain out of a molehill.
Also I have noticed with my kids and others that when they arent getting good sleep it tends to trigger stuff like this.
I remember being 9-12 and having intense anxiety over storms because a tornado hit near my aunts house when I was 10. Some first encounters with something intense can stay with some kids when logically it makes no sense.
Lota of hugs and father son time and he will get better at sorting stuff out.

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 07:28 PM

My son deals with anxiety due to developmental delays. When he has trouble communicating he gets anxious and acts out.

I wish I had some advice, best I can do is wish you the best.

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 08:25 PM

Thanks all.

 

He had lunch with the school counselor today. They let the kid bring his best friend with him which he loved.

 

He went to our primary doctor at 2:00 and she basically said the smartest kids often go through this as a cognitive process. Basically they have too much awareness.

 

We had scheduled worry time at 7:00 to 7:15 and then at 8:00 we went and played football for a while in the backyard and talked about Greg Hardy lol

 

Meeting with psychologist tomorrow (parents only) but he went to bed relaxed and happy as a clam.

 

Hopefully taken care of in a few days.

 

 



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Posted 14 May 2014 - 08:35 PM

Happy your kid sounds like my oldest. Sensory integration is a huge challenge. Believe it or not a renowned author on the subject lives in Charlotte. Basically our kids have a cable modem brain but process either in dsl or dial up mode emotionally or verbally. I know your battle well.

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