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Bollocknaise Sun 02-Feb-14 02:31:24

my dd started getting really stressy, so we took her to the gp and he confirmed she had anxiety. Her school offer a counselling service, but won't counsel her as she 'hasn't shown any signs of anxiety at school so how can we confirm she has it'? i took in the gp's note, and they've still done nothing about it. does anyone know any coping mechanisms?

newestbridearound Sun 02-Feb-14 10:34:41

I suffer with anxiety and OCD, they are horrible so I really sympathise with your DD. That's terrible that the school are not being helpful, can you talk to anyone higher up about it? What about asking the gp to refer her for counselling through CAMHS? There is normally a waiting list but from the experiences of other people I know that they can be useful.

As for coping mechanisms, I find that distraction is the best method for me. I'll watch films, read a book or go out for some air when I feel myself getting overwhelmed. Could you perhaps buy her a notebook to jot down things when she is feeling anxious? Sometimes writing thoughts down can help. Meditation and deep breathing, self help books on CBT (plenty on amazon), an elastic band to flick, muscle relaxation, gentle music can all help too.

Has she given any indication as to what is causing the anxiety? Sometimes there doesn't appear to be any definitive cause, but if there is then being there to listen to her and support her through the problem will no doubt help her.

Hope things get easier for you both soon.

twentyten Sun 02-Feb-14 13:55:57

Have a look at mindfulness- headspace app is free trial and excellent. And website. Meditation course? Yoga? Techniques to help her. Good luck

kreecherlivespstairs Tue 04-Feb-14 06:58:40

Thanks for the replies. I found out that my DD had created herself an account and posted this.
According to her, there is no trigger or cause for it. It's just generalised. and the school are being helpful.
I will give the notebook idea a go though.

twentyten Tue 04-Feb-14 15:11:14

Awww! poor dd.Have a look at this-the headspace stuff is really good-free trial and not woooo...

Excercise is also good.

kreecherlivespstairs Wed 05-Feb-14 06:30:48

Thanks twenty. She is seeing the GP for a referral to school counselling tomorrow.
I fear there is more than a little copy catting going on, but it's her head so I can't be sure.

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