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Jul 16, 2019
ReggaeCoug All-American
Helping kids with anxiety.
It's super frustrating for me because I really haven't ever experienced anxiety to point that it makes me sick or like I can't function normally.

My daughter has been dancing since she was 2 and on company competition teams since she was about 6. She's never expressed or shown any signs on anxiety until this last year, she's now 11 almost 12. Last November, at a Denver competition and convention, she had almost a full on nervous breakdown according to my wife. Like glossed over in the middle of the night and making comments like she didn't want to go back out there for the convention etc... She told my wife the next day, after she went through everything and then competed and was fine, that she felt like she was going to die. We chalked it up to a one time thing and through the rest of the year and about 6/7 competitions there hasn't been anymore issues.

We are going to Nationals for the first time this week in Anaheim. It's a big deal but more of a fun trip. She started acting like she was sick yesterday. Had to go to the bathroom lots and said she just didn't feel good. Said she just felt uneasy and uncomfortable. To the point where she cried a bunch last night and probably got 2 hours of sleep. Took her to the Dr this morning to make sure she didn't have a UTI, the discomfort was in lower abdoment etc., and he said she was fine medically but could be experiencing the anxiety stuff again. She seemed to be better, but is kind of "freaking out" again on the way to the airport. My wife said she can see it in her face.

I try to help keep her focusing on the good and the fun that she will have this week but she just goes back into that freak out mode. I'm looking for any advise on how to help them. If this continues, maybe we need to go see someone, but I'm not sure if that's the appropriate next step. She always ends up doing super well and competes in everything she needs to. I just hate to see her go through hell. Any thoughts or best courses of action?



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