Could this be anxiety?

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Registered: 09-27-2010
Could this be anxiety?
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Tue, 02-08-2011 - 11:40am

My son has started having issues with lound noises to the point he screams and crys if the offending noise isnt stopped. It really doesn't even have to be loud just anything he finds annoying such as his sister talking or the phone ringing. Even if his sister stomps her feet outside he screams at her to stop cuz it hurts his ears. On top of this he has taken to sleeping on the floor or couch in the living room and waking up 1-5x a night every night. He will come in saying he's scared but can not ever tell me of what. If I try and put him in his room at night with in 20 mins hes up saying hes scared. I can't go anywhere even in the house without him following me and asking where I am, then checking every few mins to see if I'm where I told him.

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Registered: 09-12-2003
Tue, 02-08-2011 - 12:29pm

Now we haven't officially been diagnosed with anything yet but Liam has had the noise thing issue for YEARS and I have been blown off by MANY dr over it. Pedi felt it was extra vibrations from his cleft palate, cleft team felt it was normal for the age (really its normal for him to cover his ears in horror when kids older and younger around him at the same time have no issues) and got that same response from the lady who did his 3 year old evaluation

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Wed, 02-09-2011 - 11:47am
I would also look into Senory Integration disorders, Noises, textures, even temperature changes can affect SID's.
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Wed, 02-09-2011 - 3:54pm

Bingo with the Sensory Integration DIsorders.

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Registered: 04-19-2008
Wed, 02-09-2011 - 5:09pm
I agree, my 13yo hasn't worn socks in years, no itchy clothes, no tags, nothing scratchy. 1000 Thread count sheets on her bed, so they don't "scrape and scratch"....the list goes on and on.....When she was younger a change in temp, or lighting , or noise level would cause a full blown melt down.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 02-09-2011 - 9:10pm
Try getting an evaluation by an occupational therapist. Sounds sensory to me. My son has similar issues, and while he is doing MUCH better, he still has sound issues. Right now, we try giving him ways to cope with the noises that bother him. Letting him use his ipod/music with headphones when the car is too loud, providing the noise-canceling head phones for fireworks and other things like that. I also keep some of the smaller ear plugs on me at most times for when something comes up unexpectedly. But there is always something... right now he is struggling with the buzzer at basketball games (and otherwise loves basketball, he just can't handle the buzzer).

But the way, we are dealing with ADHD and ODD here, too. My son is 9, though.
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