Mumof3
Hi, I am new to this site but looking for any help or information possible. My 10 year old daughter has started to suffer from severe anxiety. This started the week before lockdown where I struggled to get her in to school. One morning she took a panic attack in the car when we arrived at school. This was so out of character as she normally loves school as is very academic. I persevered with taking her into school and the depute met me at the front door and took her in to settle her before going to class. She was always fine when I picked her up from school again. Once lockdown started my daughter became more withdrawn she stopped speaking with anyone outwith the household most days. And didnt want to leave the house. This is really unlike her as she is more of an outdoor kid. We have had a few chats and she doesnt know why she feels the way she does. She said she isnt worried about the virus as I thought that was what may have started all of this. She said she isnt happy and doesnt like her life but doesnt know why. On another instance she said she wanted to kill herself. It is heart breaking as she is only 10 years old and I honestly dont know how to help her overcome these issues. I have spoken to the doctor who prescribed beta blockers and told me to go back when the pandemic is over. The schools hands are tied as we are in lockdown. I contact a psychologist who was going to work with my daughter but this was cancelled again due to the circumstances. I really domt know where else to turn.
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familylives
Hi, I understand that this is a difficult and troubling problem which has only been complicated by the current state of things. I'm sure you're already doing as much as you can and you're probably already doing these things but make sure to be supportive of her, reassure her when the anxiety peaks, maybe you could make plans with her about what you're going to do together once this is over so she has something to look forward to. You can contact Young Minds, they're an organisation that helps families in similar situations to yourself, on 0808 802 5544. If you feel you need further support please e-mail us at askus@familylives.org.uk or call our freephone helpline on 0808 800 2222.
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Sal
Hi, I agree with everything said above, but I would also add that you don't need to wait until this is over to go back to the GP (it could be a very long time!). Go back (even though it might be a phone or video appt) and ask the GP to refer you to the local Child Mental Health Services (CAMHS) so she can see (or rather, speak to via a video call at the moment) a psychiatrist and get specialist help (alternatively the school can do the referral). GPs prescribe betablockers, but psychiatrists rarely do, because they tackle the symptoms, by slowing the heart, and not the cause. CAMHS and related services are still working, just a lot of appointments are done remotely. https://www.anxietyuk.org.uk/ and https://www.mind.org.uk/ have loads of helpful information too. 
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