- Mar 10, 2010
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?