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danielleevans2003

Help for 9yr old son

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Hi 

I am looking for some advice on where to do for help. My son has been suffering with anxiety pre lockdown and was due to start therapy through school however the school couldnt see my concerns at all. I am wondering if his anxiety could be linked to ocd. He has always been a fan of routine and liked things his ways. He wont drink from another cup than his own and just before schools closed refused to use their knives and forks. He was having panic attacks walking through the school gates although was ok when there and always a model student hence why they arent worried. He keeps talking about the feeling of something bad happening and the feeling in his chest. He is very negative on any situation and always has to think of the world possible outcome. The radio station has to be on the right one or his head goes funny. He is very black and white and likes to point out if things arent 100% right, like if i say its taken 15 minutes to get somewhere he will point out im lying as its only taken 14 and why would i say 15! Post lockdown it has got increasingly worse and i an really worried about school in september. They hve written to say he isnt allowed his own water bottle for a start. I think the therapy will be put back as hes just not a priority and they've already warned me loads of children will need their support due to covid.

He currently wont leave my side when we go out even to the park on his bike.

Where do i go for support as everything seems to be through school. I should also say we had a private assesment done for learning and they feel he may have some form of adhd although again school are adament there is nothing wrong. A referral has been done for that but looking at 3 yr wait. Surely i should be able to get him help without the school? Sorry for long post i just dont know what do to

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Hi there Danielle :)

I'm sorry to hear about your son and the struggle you're having accessing help. Have you thought about seeing a GP with your son?

GPs can refer to your local CAMHS services, which stands for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service. Waiting times will vary depending on where you are in the country, but it could be good to start the process :)

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Thank you Gemma. Yes we have been the gp but apparently the school have to refer for all mental heath issues due to age. Just not getting very far as the school dont see what we see at home and all i get is most kids can have little traits like that. I am thinking of going back to the gp though as ocd has been getting worse and it was mostly anxietu we went with x 

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