My son (7 years) has been not quite himself for the past year. He has been doing "spaz out" behavior more often, bugging his sisters non stop and recently has confided in me that he has these bad thoughts in his head and can't control them. i.e- to say a bad word, to tell someone they are stupid and or swear. It seems to really bother him- as you could imagine. He seems to forget/not have them if he's having a lot of fun, exercising, etc. I told him to tell me everytime he does it, it seems to make him feel better. I think I need to get him to a therapist next week. What kind of specializations should I look for and should i ask him if he wants to see a male or female therapist. I have anxiety issues, have had panic attacks and am on Zoloft for a few years now- so I know where he is getting it :( What can I say to him to help more? His teacher also had said he had trouble listening/follwing directions in school and she even wondered if he had a hearing problem- he had a hearing test at school & it was fine? Any advice would be nice.
I'm wondering if you are dealing with OCD - one of the anxiety disorders. I'm not sure if a therapist is the correct specialist - perhaps a medical pediatric mental health specialist as a child psychiatrist or child neurologist might be a wiser choice (your pediatrician or family doctor should be able to give you a referral to such a doctor). Then, if required, this medical doctor would be able to prescribe medication (therapists and psychologists can not deal with the medication issue) and considering the family history, that is a possibility. Finally, if therapy and/or intervention is required, this medical person can refer you and your son to that specialty.
Our child was diagnosed at six years of age with severe anxiety and depression so I understand your plight. However, anxiety in young children is highly treatable and with early intervention, the prognosis can be excellent. Today, our child is doing extremely well. By the way, having difficulty listening and following instructions is a very common issue with our children as their minds tend to dwell on every distraction in the classroom and thus, learning is very difficult for them. But, this can improve with proper treatment. In our situation, the teacher felt that our child suffered from ADD/ADHD - behaviours of anxiety tend to mimic this disorder. I feel for you as we have travelled the road you are about to enter but - there is light at the end of the tunnel. All the best to you and your son ....
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