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#1 of 5 Old 07-04-2014, 11:44 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Possible child anxiety help needed

DS 1, who is 6 years old, has started to show signs of anxiety. Im just not sure if its normal for his age or something I should seek professional help for. here are some situations that have happened recently:

-We werent able to visit family about an hour and a half drive away because he gets carsick.

-we were out shopping and he started to say his tummy hurts. he was able to voice that he didnt like all the people and the process of finding something and waiting in line to pay etc.

-he also doesnt like riding the subway train.

Hes been saying his tummy hurts a lot lately and we had eliminated and reintroduced gluten, so i thought maybe that was it, but its just so random now, i have no clue. we have made an appointment with a specialist though and have spoken to our family doc about it.

The odd thing is, that hes incredibly social, makes friends wherever he goes, and we go somewhere everyday. we live in nyc, so it is overwhelming in my opinion. but the tummy hurting thing on subway rides and shopping is quite new.

im interested in your opinions if this is normal, or should we see a therapist. we're a little worried about seeing someone because our son is incredibly aware and will know exactly what is happening. we just dont want him to have to worry about one more thing. he thinks about everything a lot.

id also love some book recommendations that are child friendly and give helpful tools for calming the mind etc.


thanks so much for your input, its so hard not being able to solve my childs problem
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We have the book
when my worries get too big when my worries get too big
which was recommended to us.

It's a series of sheets which you can fill in with your child about what they worry about, how the feel when they get worried and ways they can help themselves calm down.

To be honest I found it all quite basic but it has helped DS (7) to talk about some of his fears. I'm still looking for a good book for me though.
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You sure it's not an inner ear issue? A lot of it sounds like motion sickness stuff, though habits like looking out in front the whole time, sipping water, snacking might help in the car. I notice sensory overwhelming things in your list, too. I get that, can't stand a crowd, can't focus or feel settled, can't take part in a conversation with many inputs going on, stores are terrible with so much to see and hear at once. Perhaps offer noise canceling headphones and a toy to look at so he can tune out the rest? Also my kids just hate to go shopping in general, it's not always a fun experience, I try not to bring them if I can leave them with dad.
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sensory issues make sense for us. he had to take a fresh breath of air one time at his restaurant birthday party. are there any good books on the subject? i also hate shopping! i personally feel a negative greedy energy when shopping. I feel that he may sense that as well.

the worry workbook sounds great!

thanks so much for these suggestions!

does anyone have opinions on if therapy is helpful or harmful and when it would be necessary?
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The out of sync child is a good book on sensory issues, I'm also told the out of sync child has fun is good although I haven't got round to reading that one yet.
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