I spent many years self-medicating for my Anxiety, Depression, OCD, etc. About three years ago, I got help. Since then, I have been on a path toward working on solutions instead of covering up and denying my issues.
All is going really well; life is good. I am medicated for Anxiety (the right way – through my doctor) – which I highly recommend to any adult. In the past, my mind would spiral out of control in a situation – leaving me unable to cope with whatever was put before me in a logical fashion. My brain would also turn into a broken record – repeating the event long after it was over with a lot of “could of – would of – should of ” thoughts. Today, even if my anxiety is triggered, I am able to think the situation through and act appropriately in response.
So, thanks to being medicated (and calm), I am now seeing all the signs of anxiety in my 11 year old son. But, I’m not sure about medication for a child. (He was diagnosed with ADHD years ago, and was medicated for about 3 years. He chose to stop taking the medication, and since his grades held up, I was totally fine with that.) I’m not sure what to do for him. I’m, of course, working on behavioral cues. But, once he hits puberty, is it going to become worse? I can already see when his mind starts the spiraling. It makes a small situation gigantic. I worry a lot about him and the way things could turn out – knowing how horribly I coped with anxiety for so many years.
So, I’m putting this out there to you – asking for help. Do anyone have experience with this? Does anyone have any advice even if you don’t? TIA