Sunday, July 22, 2012

July 22: Penguin Obsession

My girls got to meet some of their favourite characters today - Mumble and Gloria.

We nearly didn't get there as Emma was feeling really anxious (and yes I do have an appointment for her to see someone).  Is it possible for an 8 year old to have a nervous breakdown?  She is totally unravelling at the moment having multiple panic attacks a day.  I am at a loss as to how to help her.

I feel so sad seeing my once vibrant, fun loving child being gripped by this anxiety.  I'm also bloody angry.  Haven't we already got enough to deal with?  This anxiety is taking over our lives and I am really, REALLY pissed off.   I do not want to have to deal with it as well as everything else!


Anna said...

Could Emma just be suffering from some Post Traumatic Stress? Your family has been through so much. I had panic attacks at that age. But no one did anything to help me. Hence my issues now as an adult. You are an amazing and insightful Mum and she will get through this. But you are right, your family just doesn't need anything more. Always thinking of you xo

Alison said...

Thanks Anna - I am worried that it is the beginning of a lifetime of panic attacks but hopefully we can get on top of it quickly (I too had anxiety that was never dealt with as a child). The specialist she will see specialises in PTSD so I'm sure if that is what is going on it will get picked up!

Anonymous said...

I read your blog frequently. Your poor sweet daughter! Your family has been through a lot. So unfair for little girls to have to handle so much. My daughter started having panic attacks at school at 7 yrs old.. One of her doctors worked with a really cool book called 'calm cats, cool kids'. That was 4 years ago, and she still refers to the book and reads it sometimes. Definitely uses the strategies in the book. You guys have been through so much, it is very easy to understand why she might need some help processing it all and managing the emotions and fears that come with it. Good luck!

Big brother, Little sister. said...

alison, i am glad you are taking Emma to seek some support x and yes for sure it can happen at that age,
I clearly remember my sister having panic attacks and a break down ( to the point of thinking the world was going to end and collecting every piece of nature she could find) she still has anxious moments and personality traiits but seeking help from a psych really helped her at that time. I am really sorry its another thing added to your to do list as such xxxx