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I feel like breaking down!

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YourFredIsBoring Fri 21-Aug-15 22:31:24

Hi... I just don't know where else to get all of this out and I am desperately hoping that someone can advise in some way.

DS is currently on the waiting list for the assessments for ASD. Suspected aspergers and sensory processing disorder. One of our biggest concerns is his anxiety. It's through the roof most days, usually school and bedtime.

His bedtime anxiety has become so much worse recently. He cries himself to sleep most night, cries and claws at his face as well as other incidents. He even said to me tonight - "I wish I wasn't alive." He's 7. My heart broke and I can't seem to pick myself back up after hearing that.

His sleep anxieties are usually fear that someone is going to come into his bedroom to hurt him. He gets very scared, very quickly. He could see a certain face on the TV that scares him and then that's it, he's frightened to death. It's getting worse and worse! He knows DH and I would never hurt him, but he thinks things are lurking and will grab him the second he closes his eyes. Absolutely nothing I do or say is helping him. What can I do? Please, someone must have some sort of answer? I feel like curling in a ball and having a good cry! I can't help him and I need to some how , he's my son!

We saw the GP yesterday and they couldn't suggest anything that I hasn't already done. They prescribed medicine that should helps him to sleep, (it doesn't btw) forgot the name mind - it isn't melatonin though.

Please, any advice would be appreciated.

2catsfighting Sat 22-Aug-15 00:10:06

Hello Fred, you say his sleep anxiety has got worse recently. Prior to this, was he able to self settle to sleep?

PolterGoose Sat 22-Aug-15 08:17:36

The specific resources which have helped my ds with anxiety most are Dawn Huebner's workbooks, you might find 'What to do when you worry too much' and 'What to do when you dread your bed' useful. They are based on sound CBT principles and you would work through them with him a section at a time with time in between to assimilate his learning.

Mindfulness can be helpful too.

TarkaLiotta Sat 22-Aug-15 09:20:49

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TarkaLiotta Sat 22-Aug-15 11:55:33

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