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Posted by: k | 2010/07/26

My child is very anxious about school

How can i assist my child to feel more confident and less anxious about school. He is already on Tofranil for his anxiety.

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Although medications can help some kids with their problems, it would NEVER be my first choice for anxiety. I would be cautious about letting a GP use such drugs in treating my child, without a prior asessment and advice from a suitable specialist. Tofranil, in kids, is more useful in helping with bed-wetting. If he is severely anxious about going to school, it's likely that a few sessions with a child psychiatrist or psychologist could clear it up. Someone needs to talk with the child ( you don't mention the age ) and understand WHY the child is anxious about school, and help them to conquer that fear ( which should also stand them in good stead to handle later fears encountered in life, as they arise ).

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Posted by: Happiness | 2010/07/27

Maybe the teachers can also assist in painting you a picture of your child during school hours. Talk to the other kids who go to the same school/class. This is providedyour child is only anxious about school and nothing else.

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Posted by: Ruby | 2010/07/27

Maybe you need to take him to a child psycholigist to talk hrough why he''s so anxious about school - perhaps he''s being bullied but doesn''t want to tell you. You can also try Rescue Remedy for anxiety, maybe that''ll help.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010/07/26

Although medications can help some kids with their problems, it would NEVER be my first choice for anxiety. I would be cautious about letting a GP use such drugs in treating my child, without a prior asessment and advice from a suitable specialist. Tofranil, in kids, is more useful in helping with bed-wetting. If he is severely anxious about going to school, it's likely that a few sessions with a child psychiatrist or psychologist could clear it up. Someone needs to talk with the child ( you don't mention the age ) and understand WHY the child is anxious about school, and help them to conquer that fear ( which should also stand them in good stead to handle later fears encountered in life, as they arise ).

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