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Coping with anxiety as a parent or non-medical questions on helping a child with their anxiety.

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abandonment anxiety in 6 year old -- how to teach him he is ok (and undo the damage from when he was young)

We struggled with certain things as parents do and our boy (now just "B") who is nearly 6 learned that he would be abandoned, he has not been able to develop past this anxiety when he gets ...
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11-year-old daughter is anxious, lying, and sexualising everything

Hi bit of a long post. My eleven-year-old daughter is currently waiting assessment with calms for anxiety. It’s been on going for years but starting high school really set it off again. She was ...
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How to Prepare for the First Day of School

My son is 3 years old and will attend his first day of school when he goes to Kindergarten in two years. He currently stays home during the day with his mom and two younger siblings while I work. He ...
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Helping 6 year old with anxiety disorder to cope after my visits end

One of my goddaughters has anxiety, she's already taking medicine for it and even had ticks caused by anxiety until they adjusted her medication. They live a few states away and so while I visit as ...
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3yo doesn't want to go to daycare although he likes it there

I have two sons ages 3 and 1. We bring them to the daycare center every morning. When we pick them up, my 3yo will say everything was fine and he liked it there and that it was nice playing with his ...
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Should I be concerned about my daughter talking to herself?

My daughter is 12 years old. She is an introvert and was having issues making friends in the past, but now she has a few friends in her school. She keeps walking around the house (sometimes for an ...
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Mums with anxiety, depression and PTSD how do you cope?

Haven't posted in a very long time. This question is more for mums with anxiety and stress, depression. I am mentally ill and find it very hard to look after my 5 year old. The difficult bit is when ...
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How to help a teenager who can't have injections

My 13yo daughter can no longer handle injections, and has missed 2 vaccinations. She wants to have them and willingly goes to the appointment, but once there totally freaks out and is unable to get ...
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10 year old, extreme fear of vomiting (emetophobia) [closed]

My daughter is increasingly struggling with a fear of vomiting (emetophobia). It started about 3-4 years ago when she vomited for the first time. After that night, she struggled with anxiety around ...
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Working away from home

I am newly pregnant and due in November. I am also in the yachting industry and plan on returning to work around June next year. The season is usually 6 to 7 months of the year. How will this impact ...
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Newly developing social anxiety in 7yr old

My question is: What could be causing the new anxious behaviour in my child (described below)? Should I dig for causes beyond changes in social group, social maturity and 'academic' demands? How do I ...
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What do I do as a highschooler with extremely strict parents?

I love my parents very much and I'm extremely grateful for everything they've done for me. Sadly, there's some things that mess with my head. I'm only a freshman in highschool (USA), and I've been ...
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How to transition from someone with no knowledge of parenting into someone who is likely to succeed at the task?

I hope to become a parent one day, and when I do I would like to be a good one. I have been trying to learn a bit about what that entails, which has so far involved reading lots of questions and ...
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My mother refuses to believe I have Social Anxiety Disorder

So, basically, I have Social Anxiety. I have taken many tests, and have been told by my doctor that I do. She even recommended a therapist to me. I am a freshman in high school, so it's a bit ...
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3 year old sleep regression

I have a nearly 3 year old daughter who has always slept in her own bed, and has always previously been able to just read and book and then shut the door and leave her to fall asleep by herself. I ...
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What can we do? Teacher assigned a book that will be too upsetting to our child because of the anxiety she’s facing during the pandemic

Our daughter's teacher is having their 6th grade class read ‘A Long Walk to Water‘. Our daughter is struggling with severe anxiety, migraines, and nightmares due to the pandemic and challenges with ...
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Helping a child who panics and runs away at the mere mention of 'doctor' [closed]

Little bit of disclosure, I'm a 21-year-old who has no kids, but am a hobbyist writer. I am writing a story with a family and asked this question here because I want to hear from real parents as to ...
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How can I overcome my two-year-old's fear of failure?

If we have ever dangled a reward for our son, since two years old, and now he is almost three, (i.e. if you eat your lunch by yourself, we can go the duck pond), he rejects the reward, even if it is ...
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Adult son living at home what to do

I am a single mom and my son is 30 and living at home. He does not pay rent. He has a bad case of social anxiety and lack of motivation. Unfortunatly his dad was a narcissist and emotionally ...
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How to help an early teen stop catastrophizing?

Yesterday, while I was still at work, I got a phone call from my 13 year old who had come home from school very stressed out because a teacher had told the entire class to improve presentations they ...
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How to determine if I am pushing my child too hard?

A common problem I've seen with children is that they seem to be pushed too hard and become anxious and stressed. As a soon-to-be parent, in which both of us parents are highly educated and high-...
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As a teenager, my mom refuses to believe that I have anxiety/depression/ possibly ADHD. How can I help her understand that she is hurting me?

I am in 8th grade, and I am currently in four high school classes. I understand that these are significantly high stakes classes, and I genuinely try my best in each one of them. I am currently ...
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How much crying is OK for a newborn child?

My child is just a week old and I've noticed that he is crying all the time when he is awake and we are not holding him. If we hold him he usually calms down but the longer we don't hold him the ...
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5 Year Old - Separation Anxiety and Preparing for a Death in the Family

My 5 year old son recently started school and, his separation anxiety pre-dates school, but it has really highlighted to me just how bad it is. He gets upset when he gets dropped off at school, when ...
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Anxiety, Anger, and Major Sleep Issues in 2.5 Year Old Following Long Holiday – Is This Normal?

We went to Australia from Canada for two months to visit (and stay with) family when our son was 2.25 years old. He is now 2.5 years old. Now he is terrified to go to sleep, screams if we leave him (...
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2-month-old baby has panic attacks

Since about 10 days ago, our 2-month-old baby started to have some sort of panic attack in the evening. After his evening feed (6pm), he will initially fall asleep or relax, but after a while suddenly ...
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How do I resolve a child's anxiety for war?

Missile warning siren tests are going to be conducted in Hawaii once per month. Presumably the government will start distributing information on shelters and how to shelter in place, and some schools ...
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How do I help a bunch of 5-7 year olds get over stage-fright when performing a song?

I've got a bunch of 5-7 year olds (25) who will be performing a song in two weeks time in front of a group of parents and friends (about 60). I've done this twice before, over the last two years, ...
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How to help my daughter's 2-year-old son overcome his separation anxiety?

My daughter is a single mom with a 2-year-old boy. He cries when she needs to do dishes and laundry. Even if he had eye contact with her, he doesn't want to play on his own or watch one of his movies,...
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6 and 9 year old having sudden sleep problems

We have a 6 year old son and 9 year old daughter. Up until a few weeks ago they very rarely had issues going to bed or staying in bed. Suddenly they seem to be suffering from severe anxiety over ...
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8 year old daughter distressed at throwing anything away (packaging, tags etc)

My 8 year old daughter has always had an issue with permanent loss but recently has begun getting distressed when packaging and clothing tags are thrown away and attempts to rescue them from the bin, ...
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What would you do if you are pretty sure your son is heading towards a disastrous marriage? [closed]

The son is someone that every parent would love to have. He never gave the parents cause for concern in his childhood until today. He is going to marry someone who looks gorgeous but the parents are ...
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Toddlers cries when mum or grandparents leave the living area

He is one year and eight months. We live downstairs (grandparents live upstairs) and there is an exit door that connects to the genkan (we live in Japan- entry area) before the front door. No problem ...
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Is my granddaughter Transgender? [closed]

I am a grandma who loves her granddaughter immensely. She moved out of her mother's house because they didn't get a long and she was emotionally abusive to her. I took her in and I didn't mind it ...
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How can I help my 7-year-old deal with anxiety?

My son suffers from anxiety and is constantly worrying about all sorts of different things. It can be quite debilitating causing him to get worked up and upset easily and he often has trouble getting ...
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Should I push my parents to divorce? [closed]

My father suffers from depression, my mother and I constantly try to help him. Five years ago my grandmother, that is his mother, unexpectedly died, and my grandfather's Alzheimer's became evident. ...
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Research on postpartum depression, child behavior and effective treatment?

My daughter experienced severe postpartum depression after her first birth. She took part in a PPD program and with treatment, she improved. Her son, now 9, has a history is extremely aggressive and ...
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How to help my 8-year-old who has selective mutism and doesn't say a word at school?

My 8-year-old has selective mutism. She is very talkative at home, but when it comes to school she will not say a word. She went the whole school year without her teacher hearing her voice. When I go ...
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2.5 year old afraid of other kids

My daughter has been going to daycare, 3 days a week, for a year now, but she is afraid of other kids. We are told she doesn't interact much with other kids, as she prefers the company of the adults ...
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How can I help my 7 year old overcome his fear of playground equipment?

My 7 year old seems to be afraid of a lot of playground equipment. It's not the height so much as I believe that he's afraid of falling and getting hurt. (He'll climb up tall stairs and go down tall ...
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Is an 8 week trip abroad an appropriate time away for a 14 year old?

My 14 yo son is interested going on a summer missions trip to Mt. Kilamanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. His mother is pushing him to go, but has just sprung the idea on me. Everything looks fine about the ...
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I am 21 and I am terrified beyond belief of my father

I am a 21 year old female living in Egypt and I am beyond terrified of my own father...at least I think he is my father. To say it shortly, I think I might have been adopted at a young age and no one ...
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Mom too worried with germs and disease

I've a six month old baby. He's very healthy. My girlfriend (his mom) is literally terrified by the "dirt, germs, bacteria, and viruses" and any illness they could cause. So..just to name a few, she ...
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Im scared at night! [closed]

I'm an intermediate kid and being scared of every little sound I hear in the house is getting old and wasting precious sleeping time. Every time I'm in the sleep zone, I hear a sound like footsteps ...
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Toddler extremely reserved around others

I have a 21 month old daughter. She started talking when she was about a year old; right now she's extremely talkative and energetic around us. My wife has been a stay at home mom since our daughter ...
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What should I do to help my child break a bad habit?

My 5 year-old has developed some anxiety. My first observation came after we moved from my parents house, this is strongly related. Since moving I have observed the following symptoms in my child: ...
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How to deal with 5 year-old "homesickeness"?

Sorry in advance for my english, I'm not a native speaker. Some background: I got pregnant at 20 years old, while I was at the University. My partner was living back then 400 km away from us, so my ...
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How to help a child with a long-term weather phobia?

I had an awful fear of tornadoes as a child. It started when I was around 6, and continued for about a decade. I believe this may have been an actual phobia. Thunder storms gave me anxiety Hail ...
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My 9 year old son regards life as meaningless [closed]

My son, who is currently 9 years of age, tells me that life is absolutely meaningless and that "we're all here to waste time". When he first told me this, I felt both angry and depressed. And no, ...
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How can I help a ten year old girl not to be frightened of feeling sick?

My daughter was quite recently ill with a virus, which caused vomiting and lengthy periods of feeling very sick. This seems to have made her frightened of the sickness feelings. Now when she has a ...
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