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I'm new here as I'm looking for some help for my ten year old daughter...she's always been a bit anxious but about 5 months ago she had the flu and a fever, and during that she jumped out of bed in a panic having something like an anxiety attack. It lasted about 15 minutes in which she was crying and hyperventilating and not able to communicate. Since then she's had several more episodes, ususally triggered by some kind of stress (like being behind on her schoolwork). They last about an hour and during that time she says she hears two voices in her head, one is very scary and angry and says mean things to her about how worthless she is. The other is "freaked out" and scared. These two voices push her "real me" into a corner where she just cowers. During this time she is obviously distressed but can't really talk or even think straight. She hums to herself, or claps her hands quickly, or sometimes hits herself in an attempt to "snap out of it". She often says "no no no no" over and over or sometimes incoherent words. Once these episodes end she is okay again, her normal self which is cheerful and happy. She is doing fine in school, she is in the gifted program actually, and seems to do fine with peers and friends. But when she is having an "attack" she is miserable and cries and cries. I am not sure where to start, has anyone heard of anything like this? It is a little like schizophrenia but the episodes are short and she is totally normal in between times. Its also like psychotic depression but she's not depressed the rest of the time. Any thoughts on this?
 
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Hope someone has replied to you:

Definatley go and see a GP first. Better to get these problems of hers sorted out as soon as poss so she get any appropriate help she may need. Always better to tackle these things in their early stages.

I would advice you look an at an extstblished mental health charity in the mean time and read thorugh some of the illnesses - you may recognise symtoms form your daughter which will help you steer you both in teh right direciton for help although sure from what you descibed GP will pick it all up.

http://www.mind.org.uk/

Call their helpline if its a bit but to trall through pages of info for now.

http://www.rethink.org/

http://www.youngminds.org.uk/front-page

Knowing what you have is a big part of teh cure. (for those like me who suffered alone for years before seekign help).

Start with GP.

Good luck
 
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Definately start with the GP, the earlier the better...theres no shame either!:flowers:
 
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worried mum

children are under huge amounts of pressure these days, and you sound like a very loving and caring mum. i can identify with the humming i used to hum and it was because i was extremely stressed and anxious. i was admitted to a psychiatric hospital at this point. without alarming you, in my opinion you should make an appointment with her gp.asap . i dont know if you can see the doctor alone or take her with you, whatever seems best. there are specialist chidrens psychiatric services available, and i think you should push for this. as some one else said, there is nothing shamefull seeking help, it is the difficult fast pa
ce life that most of us lead now. all the best.
 
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