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    #124414 - 03/01/12 07:11 AM Re: Therapy success stories? [Re: ultramarina]
    ultramarina Offline
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    My child psych friend is disagreeing with my ped's interpretation of DD's depression screen. She says her scores are basically normal (slightly high); ped says they warrant therapy. Hmm. Meanwhile, the kid whose anxiety screen was "normal" got really worried the other night when there was a fire at a favorite business--which is probably a mile away. She was really worried it was going to spread like crazy and consume our house. Hmmmm, again.

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    #124415 - 03/01/12 07:52 AM Re: Therapy success stories? [Re: ultramarina]
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    Hi, Ultra,

    IMO it sounds like your DD's worries (diagnosable as anxiety/depression or not) are getting in the way of her life, to the point where you feel it affects her and the rest of your household a lot of the time.

    To me, this says the sensible thing to do is to get help in working on it. Helping her learn to manage this now will be a great asset for the future; little kids have little worries, bigger kids have bigger worries, and since she seems constitutionally prone to anxiety, giving her tools to cope with it early on is a gift.

    There is no shame in getting help with this.

    DeeDee

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    #124416 - 03/01/12 08:01 AM Re: Therapy success stories? [Re: DeeDee]
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    Originally Posted By: DeeDee
    To me, this says the sensible thing to do is to get help in working on it. Helping her learn to manage this now will be a great asset for the future; little kids have little worries, bigger kids have bigger worries, and since she seems constitutionally prone to anxiety, giving her tools to cope with it early on is a gift.


    Although I remember starting with the big worries early in life, namely nuclear annihilation and the sun consuming the earth, destroying all life, at about 6 years of age.

    Granted, I did move onto the heat death of the universe and existential hopelessness in high school.

    In hindsight, I probably could have used some coping skills.

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    #124417 - 03/01/12 08:03 AM Re: Therapy success stories? [Re: ultramarina]
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    As long as you find someone who is a good fit, and it's not expensive, I don't really see a downside to therapy.
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    #124427 - 03/01/12 09:45 AM Re: Therapy success stories? [Re: ultramarina]
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    It may well be expensive, and it will definitely be inconvenient. I do feel we need some kind of help. However, it's confusing to get these different opinions.

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    #124429 - 03/01/12 09:46 AM Re: Therapy success stories? [Re: ultramarina]
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    Oh, and JonLaw, the death of the sun and nuclear annihilation are certainly on her list.

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    #124437 - 03/01/12 11:33 AM Re: Therapy success stories? [Re: ultramarina]
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    Originally Posted By: ultramarina
    Oh, and JonLaw, the death of the sun and nuclear annihilation are certainly on her list.


    They were on mine too at that age, actually. I don't mean "big worries" as in the topic of the worries; but more that the anxiety that is concerning at 5 can be crippling at 9, 12 or 15, when a kid has to be so much more independent.

    DeeDee

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    #124442 - 03/01/12 12:42 PM Re: Therapy success stories? [Re: DeeDee]
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    Originally Posted By: DeeDee
    Originally Posted By: ultramarina
    Oh, and JonLaw, the death of the sun and nuclear annihilation are certainly on her list.


    They were on mine too at that age, actually. I don't mean "big worries" as in the topic of the worries; but more that the anxiety that is concerning at 5 can be crippling at 9, 12 or 15, when a kid has to be so much more independent.

    DeeDee


    I didn't even realize that anxiety existed until I started having panic attacks several years ago.

    Honestly, though, once you realize they are panic attacks and you aren't actually dying or having a heart attack and that nothing is really physically wrong with you, they become more irritating than anything else.

    Fortunately, I haven't had any for several years. No therapy, though, just a job change. And one of those generic anxiety medication, which I am convinced worked as a placebo.


    Edited by JonLaw (03/01/12 01:22 PM)
    Edit Reason: Addition of medicine, which name I cannot recall

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