03-31-2019 08:06 PM
04-01-2019 03:35 PM
While not having had to deal with a child having Separation anxiety myself, I do know it takes love, patience support and above all time to address issues like this.
I would echo @JAKGR8 suggestion to review if you have the right counselor. Just like any profession there are good ones and average ones. Sometimes you find a different counselor will take a different approach or technique which can benefit your daughter.
While in no way a therapist or qualified to offer treatment suggestions I am curious how you re-assure your daughter on the phone. Is it voice or Is it possible to use SMS messages. The reason I ask is that is I know when my partner first spent evening with me we would get text streams from her daughter. At first my partner would reply instantly but over the months it dropped back in how fast she responded until now it is hours between there texts to each other.
I don't know if that is something you could consider. If so I would think it best to discuss in conjunction with your daughter and the counselor you are using.
Finally as commented on by others, If you dont look after yourself you cant look after anyone else, it is important for you to find time to yourself. Is there a family member or friend who can come over for a night with your daughter so you can get out to relax for a bit?
12-10-2021 10:34 AM
12-13-2021 08:56 PM - edited 12-13-2021 08:57 PM
Hey @Momofboys2021 ,
Thank you for sharing your experience. That sounds like it's a really challenging situation to deal with. It sounds like your son has been experiencing anxiety and the way it presents itself has left you feeling limited in what you can do. I can't believe you've had to wait for over 2 years for mental health support. Does your son have any support available through school or something similar?
I hear you. It can be really hard being a bystander and wanting to support someone who may not realise how much support they need. It sounds like they are experiencing separation anxiety when they're not around their safe people (you). Have you found any successful strategies that can sometimes work? Do you have any support helping you out directly?
12-14-2021 03:45 PM
12-14-2021 04:33 PM
Thanks so much for sharing your experience @KeepSmiling - that sounds like a really helpful solution to call in friends and family to help when your kids were struggling with separation anxiety.
Were they happy to accept support from other people?
I imagine it would help with your stress levels to know you had help too.
Is there anything else you found helped to reduce your kids' anxiety over time?