Welcome to Anxiety Children. My name's Gail Dunne, and I'm the proud parent of a former anxiety sufferer.
I remember looking at videos online, and reading so much information from so many sources online that I felt more confused closing my browser than I did opening it. Punching "child anxiety" or "extreme child stress" into a search engine felt trivial in comparison to the pain my family was going through in the real world. But I didn't know what else to do. I was desperate.
My daughter refused to go outside, had vivid nightmares, would do anything possible to avoid going to school every day. Morning preparations that should have taken minutes stretched into hours every day. What made days like those even more painful was that I thought it would never end.
Those memories - of my daughter howling in pain every morning, clutching her temples in agony, telling me she thought she was going to die - those memories have stayed with me for a long time, and I don't think they'll ever leave. Even now, with her anxiety attacks in the past and my family so much happier because of it, I can't help but think of the thousands of parents just like you who are in the same place I was.
Therapy is very expensive, it's very time consuming, and if your experience is anything like mine, you'll have to deal with a lengthy "feeling out" process where the doctor asks about everything under the sun in an attempt to prescribe some kind of drug to your child.
Let me tell you something you already know:
This isn't your fault. It isn't your child's fault. It's not the fault of their environment, and they don't need to spend the next 8 years hopped up on medication to make them "stable". Prescription medication can dull the effects of anxiety, but it can't cure the root causes. And yes, a cure is possible. Child anxiety is a behavior problem, NOT a mental illness. There is a way to fix these problems permanently if you and your child use the proper techniques together!
I'm a mother of three, and I've created this website to help parents who are looking for a way to fix their child's panic attacks and anxiety. It's called the Anxiety Free Child Program, and I'm really happy to share it with you.