8 yr. old daughter with an anxiety disor
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|Mon, 12-15-2003 - 9:51pm|
I am new to this board and don't know if this is where my post belongs! I have a little girl with an anxiety disorder. She's just started prozac which was not a decision I made lightly. Her behaviour, panic attacks, tantrums were too much for her or us to take anymore. We tried to get by on our own without meds or outside help but she's now suffering too much and asking what is wrong with her and why other kids don't react like she does. Anxiety and depression run in my family.
We have become very isolated. I work (ironically as a child social worker), go to school part time to obtain my master's degree, have two others 11 and 6 who are at their witts end with their sister, take in relief foster children and have a partner who works shifts. My mother babysits a lot but stormed out of the house tonight after she couldn't take the behaviour anymore. Now I've lost that support. I have no extra money for a sitter and few can manage or understand my daughter's special needs. My oldest daughter wants to leave home because she can't stand her little sister acting so horribly mean to her. My partner, also on prozac, has serious health problems and is often emotionally and physically unavailable. I don't know how much longer I can hold down the fort. Every minute of every day seems like an eternity with no hope. I just can't see things getting any better for a long time. I'm usually a strong person but I'm not coping well right now. I have never felt so alone. Is there anyone out there going through anything similar. I'd love to hear some coping ideas.