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anxiety attacks in 14 yr old

Posted by christi on April 11, 2001 at 14:50:59:

Looking back I can get some history in here. My son has been mentioning how stressed he "is" for a couple of months with no details other than his younger siblings bothering him a lot. Than 1 1/2 wks ago he started complaining of a lump in his throat and the feeling of difficulty breathing. He was very distraught about it and wanted me to call the Dr. right away. I started driving him to ER because he was in such a panic (even though I kept assuring him that he could breath). On the way he felt like his lungs were being compressed. He ended up vomiting on the trip. While we were at ER they took chest and neck x-rays and found nothing. They told us it was anxiety and gave me a prescription for ativan. I didn't want to get him stuck on some drug, so decided to see how things went first.
In the next few days he had more attacks, not as severe since he knew he would be o.k., and mostly at night. Hard time sleeping, pain when he would breath. We talked about some things that are bothering him; he has a big part in a drama production, his younger siblings, his friends, growing up being a pain and it was better when he was younger. He was so upset a couple of times that he just wanted me to sit with him, so I did till he fell asleep. He has found now that if he sleeps on some pillows and extra blankets (elevated just a little bit) that he sleeps better.
I thought that his ribs might be out of line so took him to our osteopathic doctor. He checked him out and found the same diagnosis of anxiety. He wanted to give him a mild dose (?0.5 or 0.8 twice a day) of lorazepam (which I found out is the same as the ?ativan?). I told him I didn't want to do some drug, I wanted to get to the "reason". He said that it isn't addictive and that it would get him past the adrenalin rush and maybe even help my son relax and be able to figure out what the "reason" is. He suggested we try it for 10 days and then see how things are.
My husband and I want to find out about this stuff before we do that. The hard thing for me is that he is only 14 yrs. old and doesn't have the stress that a lot of kids his age have (we homeschool and he doesn't have to deal with the peer pressure stuff)and he is having this problem. As a parent, I want to make it all better. I know that when I was about 12 I had a lot of stomach aches they associated with stress (parents divorcing) and at 16 lots of headaches but not this panic attack stuff.
Anyway, sorry for the huge history, but if you have any info. and suggestions I would appreciate it. My son is already asking about "that medicine" like it is going to be the solution.
Thanks,
christi



Re: anxiety attacks in 14 yr old

Posted by katie on April 11, 2001 at 16:46:25:

In Reply to: anxiety attacks in 14 yr old posted by christi on April 11, 2001 at 14:50:59:

Have you had his thyroid checked?



Re: anxiety attacks in 14 yr old

Posted by
Glynis on April 11, 2001 at 23:28:16:

In Reply to: anxiety attacks in 14 yr old posted by christi on April 11, 2001 at 14:50:59:

Hi,

I'd like to recommend the book "The Anxiety Cure" by Dr. Archibald Hart. There is a chapter on children and stress. Anxiety is often caused by periods of chronic stress due to the "fight or flight" syndrome being triggered by that constant stress. It then starts over-producing and acting erratically, causing those anxiety attacks. The book will give you ideas on dealing with children and stress as well as instructions to help your son to relax.

Sometimes some medication is necessary to get the patient past the adrenalin rush -- you may not have any realistic idea how much your son is suffering from it...with-holding help from the meds is *not* a good idea. I have suffered from anxiety and I know how awful it can be. It is true "suffering." Sometimes you need to get "over the hump" in order to get to a place where you can manage the stress better - and the medication can help with that. To me it is a cruel thought that a child could be left to suffer indefinitely while someone "checks it out" - the doctor knows what he is doing. I'm sure he did not give him a dose that could cause addiction. You can also only have your son take it on an "as needed" basis if you are worried about these things. But, please, do not withhold relief from this child!

I give this advice as a person who avoids drugs as much as possible, but in this situation it is necessary to alleviate suffering and to bring about healing. He needs the symptoms to abate so that he can relax -- if he has to live in fear of those symptoms returning, it will only compound the problem because fear stimulates the adrenal system more and more. A vicious cycle. So, give him the meds temporarily and work with him on relaxation and stress management.

You could also read "Hope and Help for Your Nerves" by Dr. Claire Weekes.

I hope and pray that your child is quickly able to recover from this and to have his suffering alleviated.


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Re: anxiety attacks in 14 yr old

Posted by S.H.A.P.E. on April 12, 2001 at 11:47:08:

In Reply to: anxiety attacks in 14 yr old posted by christi on April 11, 2001 at 14:50:59:

Hi Christi - Make sure that your son quits all caffeine products including strawberries, chocolate decaffeinated drinks and aspirins. He should muscle test all food products before consuming them - to be sure they are compatible with his body chemistry - if you don't - they will produce an allergic reaction in his body. Also, he should do the Cross Crawl exercise everyday to get his energies flowing in the proper direction. Look up on this BB (futher down the list) Muscle Tesing/Allergies dated March 12 and the cross crawl is listed under Self Help Alernative Program for Enlightenment dated March 8.

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Re: anxiety attacks in 14 yr old (archive in brain chemistry.)

Posted by Walt Stoll on April 13, 2001 at 11:21:47:

In Reply to: anxiety attacks in 14 yr old posted by christi on April 11, 2001 at 14:50:59:

Hi, Christi.

I will bet that this kid is a junk food addict!

Let me know. In the meantime you might get your library to find you a copy of Dr Alexander Shauss's classic: "Diet, Crime and Delinquency", published by Parker House in 1980.

Another resource your library can find for you is Dr. Barbara Reed's classic: "Food, Teens & Behavior", published by Natural Press in 1983. This stuff has been known a long time! Why does the profession not know about it???

No reflection on this young man but the concepts are there and everyone needs to know them. You might also go to the archives about brain chemistry.

Walt

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Re: anxiety attacks in 14 yr old "Katie"

Posted by christi on April 14, 2001 at 12:11:36:

In Reply to: Re: anxiety attacks in 14 yr old posted by katie on April 11, 2001 at 16:46:25:

Did you ask about the Thyroid check because of the lump he felt or was there some other reason?
We do have Thyroid problems in my family so I wondered where you were coming from and if there is something I'm not seeing. The lump he had was just a muscle spasm.
Thanks!



Re: anxiety attacks in 14 yr old "Katie"

Posted by katie on April 16, 2001 at 23:16:41:

In Reply to: Re: anxiety attacks in 14 yr old "Katie" posted by christi on April 14, 2001 at 12:11:36:

Christi-
I asked about the thyroid because my family has a history of thyroid problems, too (Grave's Disease). I began having the same symptoms as your son when I was about 17. Even with my family history, my thyroid was not checked. I was diagnosed incorrectly as an anxious teenager and went untreated for years.
There are so many things that can be done for thyroid problems if you catch it soon enough (see the archives).
Good luck to you----katie

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