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Posted by: me | 2010/06/17

teen

Good day Prof. My friends girl is now 14 years old. This year she suddenly started to faint. They took her to a specialist however they can not pick up anything. All the tests are clear. They suspect that it might be her blood pressure and gave her meds for that. My question is if this can be psychological. she seems to faint everytime she is in a stressfull situation. For example las week she fainted after she did something her parents was really upset about and took her to task. Her mother do not want to adres any misbehaving because she is afraid that her daugther will faint again. Please advice. Due to this her parents are allowing her things they should not all due to the fact that they are scared about the next time she will faint.

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There are major medical / physiological reasons why some people faint - only the other day the head of the American Army fainted while testifying to Congress - but emotionally based fainting is also common. At one time it was almost fashionable to faint or "swoon", and most common in young women.
As a response to stress it certainly can happen - especially if it leads to her being able to avoid whatever was stressing her, and even better, leads to loads of sympathy and special treatment.
And it sounds exactly like this in the situation you describe, and the kid has ingeniously or accidentally discovered exactly how to control her parents, and to avoid the controls she needs.
The parents could perhaps make sure she is sitting down when she is scolded, but should make it entirely clear that her fainting is a nuisance which can't be allowed to dominate the house or to avoid her being expected to keep to the home rules.
Usually in this sort of emotional "fainting", the faint is dramatic and impressive, but the person doesn't hurt themselves.
If she proves reluctant to give up this new skill, she should see a child psychologist to plan a way to wean her off this bad habit

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010/06/17

There are major medical / physiological reasons why some people faint - only the other day the head of the American Army fainted while testifying to Congress - but emotionally based fainting is also common. At one time it was almost fashionable to faint or "swoon", and most common in young women.
As a response to stress it certainly can happen - especially if it leads to her being able to avoid whatever was stressing her, and even better, leads to loads of sympathy and special treatment.
And it sounds exactly like this in the situation you describe, and the kid has ingeniously or accidentally discovered exactly how to control her parents, and to avoid the controls she needs.
The parents could perhaps make sure she is sitting down when she is scolded, but should make it entirely clear that her fainting is a nuisance which can't be allowed to dominate the house or to avoid her being expected to keep to the home rules.
Usually in this sort of emotional "fainting", the faint is dramatic and impressive, but the person doesn't hurt themselves.
If she proves reluctant to give up this new skill, she should see a child psychologist to plan a way to wean her off this bad habit

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