Extreme general anxiety and separation anxiety

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Extreme general anxiety and separation anxiety
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Wed, 10-13-2010 - 9:42pm

Hi,

I have a 9yo special needs kiddo. He's language learning disabled with big time OCD (I call him my mini-Monk).

He's had anxiety issues pretty much all his life, moreso once he started 2nd grade (he's in 4th now). But now it's horrible, horrible. We have an appointment with a psychiatrist next month and his behavorial pyschologist thinks it's a good plan because, well, we've reached a point where words mean nothing. Soothing the anxieties is near impossible. His OCD kicks in and the repetiveness of wanting to know if it's going to rain or if I'll be home (and so on) is now happening in the classroom.

Has anyone ever dealt with anything like this? I really feel some of his behavior issues stem from anxieties. He can't help how he feels, but his language learning disability hinders explanations of why he shouldn't feel such a way and he can't fully explain why he feels the way he does. :/

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Registered: 08-04-2001
Thu, 10-14-2010 - 9:15am

I cannot say I have had to deal with all the same issues, but some.

My younger daughter was my special needs kid with the anxiety, OCD, and language disability, but her language disability was in written expression. She was eloquent in verbal communication, but writing.... ugh... meltdown time. But even with her good verbal skills, she still could not express her complex feelings. These kids have to deal with feelings that even adults would have a hard time expressing. They are feelings not in our normal vocabulary!

The first thing that came to my mind is getting him checked for PANDAS which can cause anxiety and OCD. The next thing that came to mind was types of therapies to help him cope with his feelings. Since verbal is not his strong point... I had my daughter in expressive arts therapy. That helped her, EVENTUALLY, to be able to articulate how she felt. There is also expressive dance therapy, play therapy, and some other such outlets.

Then, there is cognitive behavior therapy (and workbooks) to help control and modify the compulsive behaviours, and anxiety!


www. It's Not Mental .com


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Thu, 10-14-2010 - 12:02pm