Anxiety in 9 year old boy – grade school kids health forum – ehealthforum electricity generation efficiency

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Never assume anxiety is all pyschological. Rarely does anxiety or depression stand alone as they are often times *symptoms* of underlying condition. Of particular concern is age, when a young child exhibits anxiety, a medical cause should be the first sought out. The case of my 9 year old having anxiety was resolved when it was found out he had a thyroid issue as both hypo and hyper thyroidism can and do cause anxiety. My own issue was Graves disease undiagnosed as a child and teen and I wouldn’t wish that suffering on anyone. Deep breathing and positive thoughts simply do not work when a medical condition is at the root. Low iron, vitamin B-12 and a host of other endocrine concerns and vitamin deficiency may be at play along with neurological concerns found in spectrum disorders, mild autism and ADD/ADHD. Sadly many Drs are not well versed on Endocrine issues ( often reading testing results incorrectly assuming that *in range* means fine) nor regularly test for vitamin deficiencies. The other issue is a lack of definitive proper ranges for children. Much research still needs to be done. If the issue be psychological in nature then no harm done in getting full medical testing, however, assuming emotional issues are simply personality disorders or pyschological in nature can be dangerous as physical issues will persist and worsen. If autoimmune disease is an issue in close relatives, be suspicious…very suspicious!

My son’s only a few years older (11) but was doing some of the same things I did when I was growing up like shutting down and being noncommunicative even when he’s asking for help. His classmates make fun of him tons because he has a tendency to cry pretty easily and is an easy target. It kills me to watch him like this because it took me many years to work though it.

My wife and I saw a doctor recently and he diagnosed my son with GAD and ADHD. We’re doing the ADHD medication but I’m morally opposed to medicating children with psychological drugs at a young age. I’m doing this program at the recommendation of a friend. So far he’s been responding well but we’re only on the first week. We’re also giving him some vitamins just in case it’s something physiological, as a doctor recommended.

I think the biggest thing I’ve done to help my son so far is just be there for him and listen to him no matter what. My parents would laugh and belittle my problems growing up, but if you’re kind and try to work through his complaints without being dismissive it will help him tons too.

My son started out being diagnosed as ADHD with anxiety in 2nd grade. By 4th grade he went into full shutdown and would not go to school. He ended up staying 5 days at a facility for treatment and they diagnosed him as Severe Anxiety with ADHD. We have been on meds that made him gain 50 lbs in 3 months and switched then to meds that made him lose all of it in the next 3 months. We have now been on same meds for 2 years and started 6th grade/middle school and full blown anxiety again. We are checking out a new therapist this week and he has an appointment with his doctor the end of the month to see about revising his meds. I am tired of dealing with so many people of authority that are so ignorant to all of this and they work with our children every day. I had to withdraw my son from school last week to home school him just so our wonderful county law enforcement wouldn’t arrest my son for truancy because he has missed 3 days due to his anxiety. This guy with the badge threatened me that he was going to arrest him or call child protective services is I hadn’t withdrawn him to home school him. Like I don’t have enough to deal with seeing my son go through something I can’t stop or protect him from. I know this hasn’t been of much help probably because I am letting everyone know that this is a constant job. Please find a good pediatrician (mine said he would pay 1/2 for a lawyer to go after these people if I wanted him to LOL) and communicate everything so they can help your child. We had a good therapist who ended up with medical issues then retired so we are now looking again and, trust me, child therapist are not abundent in my area so finding a good one that my son will relate to is not an easy matter. I wish all of us the best of luck for our children’s sake.

Hi There I too have a child diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Severe Separation anxiety. I have had so much trouble with missing school and just trying to help him especially as he has had very severe panic attacks. I have decided not to medicate and to try every thing first, including sit in the school carpark…I am on my 6th week, i sit in the school carpark from 7.30 am till 3pm allllll day…..He in turn has not had a panic attack and is perfectly happy and if not back to normal with the knowledge i am in the carpark… It has been 6 weeks, i have accepted it and allowed a deadline of another 3 months. after that i will have to try something else….I am using cognative behavioural therapy and leaving from 8am till 9.30….small steps but because he isnt in a panicked state it seems to be ok…small steps and very slow paced…..I have met a woman who said ‘they have no trust…u need to build it back up and do whatever it takes" another that suggested that for as long as it took to feel the anxiety come on, is as long as it will take to heal……i obviously cannot believe my life has come to this and the sacrifices on the other family members is immense but I am determined to see if this method works……regards angie