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bennigirl
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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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lachiquita
lachiquita writes:
sit down and talk to your daughter and tell her dat you were the same at one time and maybe she will go back to school dat is the only way you will get your child to goin to school and to get an education cause if she dosent go to school she is not going to learn nothing from staying home
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Loddie1
Loddie1 , Parent writes:
Hello,
Having an anxiety disorder can surely change the world in the eyes of the one who has it. How do I know? Because I have G.A.D. also known as Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Does your child currently take medication? It could be that her medication is not working properly or it could be that she needs to change it. Another avenue to explore is behavioral therapy ( also known as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) This therapy helps the person who has anxiety retrain their mind so to speak. Anxiety can make everyday normal activities a challenge. It can also lead to phobias (which the person will not want to leave the house).I would find a good psychologist for your daughter who specifically deals with anxiety disorders. The more you know and as hard as it is to understand, the better off both of you will be. Some links are at the bottom of this post to help you. Good Luck! Whatever you do, do not ignore the signs/symptoms as they generally get worse if they are not treated. Also, do not stop medication abruptly, this could cause the problem to get worse and always talk to the doctor first!

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TrustinGod
TrustinGod writes:
Well first of all you need to change your way of thinking. Its not that she "wont" go to school its because she CANT. Mabey in time she can with the right help and medication but not for a while. She really just needs you to be there for her and be understanding, kind, patient and compassionate. My advise to you is that you look at homeschooling or something like that. Just untill she can get a hold on her anxiety and figures out what is happing to her and why. Its really hard to have anxiety especially at this age because their trying to figure out who they are and they have all these hormones kicking in. Its really confusing for a teenager especially if they have anxiety.
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