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mymojo 06-30-2019 10:32 AM

Originally Posted by HTJ (Post 12677028)
OP maybe is worth a try or maybe is BS but diet can be very critical and the evil doer is gluten - intolerance manifests itself primarily as anxiety and then the health effects show up.

We have an entire society of over stimulated, poorly nourushed and under exercised kids and adults. We are truly just another animal and the polar shift in our habits over the last 40ish years has not been for the good, or nearly long enough for any adaptation to occur.

Thanks, but I don't think this is the issue in her case. SHe is in the best shape of the three of us - eats well-balanced meals and actually does not consume gluten due to a stomach issue from years ago. She was a member of our local HS band and what those kids do on a routine basis throughout the year keeps them in top shape. I can't begin to understand her feelings but on the outside I look at her and she is a gorgeous, confident young woman. I know I am biased, being her dad but she is model material - beautiful and in great shape so I don't think it's an exercise, poorly nourished thing though I can see that could be the cause in some cases.But something is not coming together for her, we just have to find out how to make it better.

fowlhook 06-30-2019 11:51 AM

Originally Posted by DrDanH (Post 11561792)

I'm a clinical psychologist, and have been working in the mental health field since 1990. I understand your concern for your daughter and your wish to make life good for her.

People do not realize how debilitating anxiety can be. We have all experienced situational anxiety (e.g., getting nervous before giving a speech), but for people with severe anxiety and/or panic, it can occur out of nowhere.

Anxiety is treatable. The best advice vice I can give is to take her for a thorough psychological evaluation (to help clarify her diagnosis, if this has not already been done), then find both the most experienced psychiatrist and most experienced psychologist in your area to treat her. It may take some time and patience to find the most effective medication regimen. Later, finding her a support group (maybe online initially) would help her see she's not alone.

Feel free to PM me if I can be of any help.

This is good advise. I just wanted to add that getting the genetic testing done can make it much easier to figure out which medications will work best for her.

i dealt with it for most of my life. Had good stretches and bad stretches. 5mg Lexapro ended up being best for me. I now have zero anxiety for the last 5 years.

And i I feel your pain. My 10 year old daughter has become consumed with health anxiety for the last year. Have her in therapy which isnít doing much good but donít want to do meds at such a young age.

Like Jason Isbell said in his song anxiety ďitís the weight of the world but itís nothing at allĒ ... that describes it. Itís terrifying and debilitating but itís not real. Sure feels real

Mskiff77 06-30-2019 12:08 PM


i can relate, I have social anxiety, I donít like to be around strangers and large crowds. I noticed it back in high school (Iím now 42) if going in a field trip or somewhere out of the daily routine I would end up getting physically sick where I was in the bathroom for 30-40 minutes. Iíve never been the type to make friends easily.

I was doing ok as long as my schedule and diet was consistent.

Then in my early 20s a bunch of friends and acquaintances perished in a club fire (great white concert). Since that day large crowds and unknown places made me very anxious. If I go out to a club or large party Iím the guy in the back of the
room, it tough for me to talk to people and make friends.

It it wasnít until I was in my early 30ís that my job did a personality and IQ test on all of their employees. I came back with an IQ of 160+ and my personality test came back as an INTJ. This type is known for extremely high IQs and is less then 2% population, so those in this group donít really ďfit inĒ with the majority of people.

I still have issues from time to time but a steady regiment and proper diet have helped more so then any meds my Dr has had me on with fewer side effects.

might not help your situation, but your daughter, you and family are not alone.

My calming moments are when I stay home or to be able to out on the boat.

Toudmon 06-30-2019 12:56 PM

Anxiety is very common and very treatable.
Find a therapist who knows Cognitive behavioral Therapy and she needs to also learn progressive relaxation

There are also very effective medications for anxiety..

SeaBoss21 06-30-2019 06:56 PM

Believe me, help is out there. Just don’t give up and don’t give in to anyone until you are satisfied. Somewhere inside There is a switch that needs to be flipped. It sounds simplistic, but I’m serious. I suffered for years as a teen. My son did the same. Once you find the right person or thing, her whole life will change. There are so many success stories about this, please don’t give up.

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