I would love to hear from anyone who has had a child with anxiety that has improved and what you found helpful.
My DD is 6 and has been struggling with moderate to severe anxiety for the past year. Right now her diagnoses are GAD, possible OCD, and Sensory Integration Disorder. She does fine at school, but has extreme difficulty with transitions of any kind, so getting ready to go anywhere is very difficult as is getting ready to leave a place to go back home. When her anxiety is high, weekends, mornings before school, and evenings can be extremely turbulent. Currently, she is taking a very low-dose of Zoloft (we are trying to figure out the dose and/or decide whether to switch to a different med because it seems to increase her hyperactive, out of control behavior) and we are working with a child psychologist.
I am getting discouraged as it doesn't seem to be getting any better. She will have periods where she seems better, but this latest episode has lasted for a few months. She did begin kindergarten last fall, which was a major transition and has been very stressful for her. What worries me is that both of my friends who have had children with similar issues ended up homeschooling and found that that made a big improvement. I really don't want to homeschool. I have nothing against it philosophically, I just feel like it isn't a good fit for me. I like my job and I like leaving the house every day and going to work. I was a SAHM for 6 years and am much happier not staying home.
Any success stories or experiences you could share would be greatly appreciated!