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Old 05-15-2013, 02:44 PM   #1
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Anxiety disorder??

I think my 4 year old might have this. I don't even know where to start asking questions. Help?

What should I be looking for? What can I do to help?

Do you all have any good resources I could check into? Everything I've ound via Google was either not helpful or only applicable to school aged children.

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Have you seen a developmental pediatrician? That would be my first step
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Re: Anxiety disorder??

Talk to your pediatrician first and then a child psychologist.

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Re: Anxiety disorder??

The only talking I did with my ped was when I asked about her stuttering and he said that it was likely anxiety related. I always thought she might have adhd or ocd or something, but the anxiety word pulled it all together and made it make sense. The appt was for all 3 girls at once, though, and I'd never thought about Anxiety as a diagnosis before, so that was all the conversation I had with him at the time. I do want to ask more about it, but probably won't take her in again until her well check in October. We're planning on her starting school this year, though, so I'm pretty concerned about how her anxiety will be affected by that. I really DON'T want to medicate her if I don't have to, so I was hoping to find info on coping or natural treatments.
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I have 3 daughters with anxiety. They are 15, 6 and 3.5. We started with the pediatrician. We now see the developmental pediatrician. There are plenty of options from medication to behavioral therapy to coping skills classes.

2 of my girls take medication for their anxiety. Their lives were out of control and it has helped so much.

Talk with your Ped more in depth and ask for a referral.
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Thanks. Does anyone know of any good forums or other resource online? Or have any natural treatments that have been helpful for your LO's?
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Re: Anxiety disorder??

My eldest son, now 8, was diagnosed with anxiety when he was nearly 6.

I recently wrote this page of things that helped him/us, they are more relating to exactly the things that bother him and how we handle it, maybe there is something on there to give you some ideas.

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Thank you! I'll check it out.
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Re: Anxiety disorder??

My youngest dd has a generalized anxiety diagnosis (along with PTSD following an accident). We had a psychological evaluation at an area children's hospital (they had much better availability than area child psychologists and our ins participated since the bill came from the hospital) when she was 7 and since then has been seeing a sand play therapist since then.
The sand play (similar to an art therapist except our insurance covers the sand play therapist since she bills as a LCSW and the ins wouldn't cover art therapy) allows my daughter to open up a little easier than just straight forward talk therapy. In the summer, she has a scholarship to the area girl scout camp for some time with horses (another great therapy idea). We have toyed with medication but have tried to hold back in that area. I take medication myself for anxiety so I'm not anti-meds but the other methods have been enough so far. My daughter also has a 504 plan at her school so they make accommodations for her to make school less stressful.
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