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Monday, March 22, 2010

Monkey has extreme panic attacks and I do not know what to do...

Monkey is experiencing extreme full on panic attacks, and I am at the end of my rope. I think that the most frustrating thing is that I do not know how to help her. I was always a very anxious child, and have generalized anxiety as an adult, but I never had panic attacks. She actually "freaks out" to certain "triggers". She hates the smell of the cafeteria at school and it gives her attacks just to think about going to the cafeteria and having a panic attack about the smell. She screams, cries, throws up many times. She gets chest pains, upset stomach, and dizzy! She is only 8! I tried to contact her pediatrician but I do not think they get the magnitude of the situation. I do not need Play Therapy for my child! She needs something more serious then that. She has been struggling with this for a couple of years now off and on, and the school is even worse at dealing with it. She even comes home and says that when she asks to be excused to see the school nurse, they act like she is not telling the truth. I know my child and am generally a "no tolerance" person when it comes to this type of thing, but I can not longer deny that it is out of my control.

Hubby has zero tolerance which makes me feel even more alone at dealing with this!

She is home today and I have been trying to get in touch with the Texas Children's Hospital for the entire morning. No success yet, unless you call talking to a automated system a success. I am sure her daddy will be "thrilled" when he finds out she is home.

I just needed to rant...I think I might be done...who am I kidding?



  1. That Poor child!

    My daughter has Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.

    Before diagnosis, she asked to go to the nurse like once or twice a month with hurting hip, ankle, wrist or knees. Everyone, even me, thought she was just trying to get out of class.

    Post diagnosis- teachers gave her detention for being late to class DESPITE doctor telling them to give an extra 2-3 minutes between classes to pass. This was when she had a BAD flare which involved her hip (hard to walk), and her hands (hard for her to do the lock on her locker).

    They were also supposed to keep x-tra books in class for her so she WOULDN'T HAVE to go to the locker and thus be late!


    This year, I'm homeschooling. Much less stress!

  2. Thank you for sharing! You know what? I have already started considering homeschooling. I am just worried I wont be disciplined enough! I have to go up to the school again tomorrow morning and talk to them about accomodating her until she can be seen by a specialist. They are very "hands off" and want to blame her behavior on her just not wanting to cooperate. Kids at 8 dont scream and vomit for now reason! Grrr!!! Thanks again for sharing!

  3. Bless her little heart..I was always a bit on the 'high strung' side..not to a major extent..but I would make myself so ill sometimes over the strangest things...I kinda/sorta grew out of it, if that helps at

    You just keep pushing for what you know is're her mama..and you know best!

  4. Thanks! I am nervous about what the future holds for her, but only time will tell. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I have a three year old that does much the same thing. have you ever heard of rescue remedies, its a flower essence for stress relief they make one for kids.. i have to say its awesome, quick effective and drug free. here ill find the site

  6. No I have never heard of that before. I will check it out right now. The "drug free" part is my favorite.



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