Before I start going, I want you to know that I'm not saying that your ds has this, but only that I'm researching anxiety disorders based on a recent testing situation where my ds was definitely not his best.
I've started reading "Freeing Your Child From Anxiety" by Tamara E. Chansky, Ph.D.http://www.amazon.com/Freeing-Your-C...e=UTF8&s=books
I'm not going to do the book justice by trying to synopsize it, but just know that anxiety is a tricky little beast. Anxiety disorders
are diagnosed after 6 months of chronic issues, but people can have anxiety tendencies
that are beyond the norm for different situations, but are shorter term responses.
Here are some red flags for General Anxiety Disorder (struggle with a system that is over-programmed to find the element of fear or potential for problems in any situation)
1. Always has a list of worries - topics can change daily, needs to know details ahead of time, has pressing questions about logistics.
2. Takes offhand comments literally and seriously
3. Future orientation: elementary school kids worrying if they'll be good drivers.
4. Performance fears: perfectionistic, very afraid of doing the wrong thing, always seeking reassurance, afraid of getting in trouble, fears about failure and consequences of less than perfect performance
5. Social/interpersonal fears: fears that friends don't like them or friends are mad at them; worried about tests or reports.
6. Concerns about family: keeping constant tabs on the status of parents' marriage.
7. Fears about illness: and insignificant symptom may be a sign of serious disease. Concerns about finances and financial reprecussions, how much groceries, doctor's visitis, repairs cost.
8. Consequences of stress: always on edge, looks tense, is difficult to reassure, has difficulty concentrating and sleeping, stomachaches, is distractable, unable to enjoy things, overwhelmed by schedule.
Then there are other anxiety types like phobias, social anxiety, separation anxiety, post traumatic stress, OCD, tics, etc. that all have their own list of red flags. You don't have to have all the flags to have an issue. My personal feeling is that many people would benefit by understanding their own personal reaction to stress and the "self-talk" that goes behind the scenes to make things worse. Your ds might not be depressed but anxious. Just a little food for thought.