Our expert says:
Have the people at her school ever seen a genuine asthma attack, or is that just their guess as to the nature of the problem ( it could have been something simulated, or a panic attack, or various other things ). Depending on how long after these events she sees the doctor, there may be nothing for him to see even if there is a genuine health problem.
It would be odd if she only had such attacks at school, and never at home, or in the mall, or elsewhere. Unless there is an unusual substance at school to which she is very allergic, and that doesn't seem likely. Did she never have these episodes while in her previous school, but only after arriving at high school ? If so, that sounds more like a simulation than genuine asthma.
It sounds likely that she has encountered some problem at high school that upsets her, which she doesn't know how to cope with, and from which these episodes provide an escape, and maybe some hoped for sympathy.
You need a long, calm, chat with her, about many aspects of how high school is being experienced by her, what it's like compared to primary schol, what things she likes there and what she doesn't like, what things may be a bit better than she expected, and what are worse than she expected. Mention to her that sometimes people find themselves in a situation where they find it unpleasant and don't know how to cope, and if they don't feel there's someone they trust enough to talk to to get help from, they may feel very anxious and panicky, maybe the way she feels at times at school, and that this can be helped by seeing a counsellor to learn better ways of handling such situations.
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