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My 15 yr. old daughter has anxiety disorder and won't go to school.

In Topics: School and Academics, Teen issues, Anxiety
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
Feb 21, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

Since your daughter has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, make sure you follow through with the recommendations which were given by her doctor or therapist.   If you do not feel the treatment is helping, you have the right to get a second or third opinion until you find the approach which seems to work the best for her.  Child and Family Therapists usually have expertise in many areas.  They can help not only your daughter, but the family as a whole, to have better communication and understanding.  

If your daughter refuses to go to school because of her anxiety, you will need to discuss this with her school counselor, and explore her options so she does not get behind in her work.   Hopefully once she is on track with a course of treatment, she will be able to go back to school.  It will be a good idea to keep her involved with school at some level if possible, so she does not completely lose touch with her class.  The therapist and the school counselor should be able to come up with some alternatives.  

Our Hotline is available to parents and kids of all ages…24 hours, seven days a week.  Please contact us if you would like to discuss your situation in more detail with a counselor.  We also have the ability to find services in your local area.  We can be reached by phone on our toll-free number or through e-mail on our website.  
Take care, and best wishes to you and your daughter!

Boys Town National Hotline
1-800-448-3000


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