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Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Don't worry dear - it's all in your head

Palpitations - a pounding heart, or an accelerated heart rate - Sweating - Trembling or shaking - Shortness of breath - A choking sensation - Chest pain or discomfort - Nausea or stomach cramps - De-realization (a feeling of unreality) - Fear of losing control or going crazy - Fear of dying - Numbness or a tingling sensation - Chills or hot flashes …some symptoms of a panic or anxiety disorder attack.

Imagine having anyone of these anxiety symptoms. Then add to that, Obsessive Compulsive disorder and Tourettes in the mix. Just one of these disorders alone is hard enough for any one to deal with but imagine someone who has all of the above, and that someone is only 15.

My 15-year-old Daughter has Tourettes, Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive disorders. She very smart, does well in school and has a tremendous talent when it comes to the arts. She sings, writes music, plays piano, bass guitar and guitar, draws, and has taken it upon herself to learn Japanese. I believe there is nothing this kid can't do - including learning to cope and deal with her anxiety.

This morning baby girl was having an obvious panic attack about going to school. Being late as usual, there wasn't a whole lot of time to discuss what was causing her anxiety, so I quickly tried to address the issue she was having, wiped away her tears and sent her out the door. My first instincts as a mother are to protect my children and keep them safe. It's hard for me to see my daughter in so much pain and so scared and not be able to help her.

I'm sitting here worried sick about her, to the point of obsessing (the apple doesn't fall far from the tree you see). Sure the phone will ring, positive she will call before the school day is over. Hoping she will be able to work through the anxiety all on her own but – knowing deep down, this is only the beginning.

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