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Suggest treatment for stress and anxiety in children

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Posted on Thu, 24 Jul 2014
Question: My son who is 11 years old is having a hard time adjusting to our move to a new house, new camp .etc.
His fear manifests itself in health fears which we have checked with every specialty. We are taking his fears seriously and he is seeing a therapist. His latest fear is that a sudden movement of any kind (bending over,turning his arm a certain way) will causing internal damage and unchecked internal bleeding. I have assured him his body will not have internal bleeding from any sudden movement but can you please confirm it. Thank-you very much
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Answered by Dr. Omprakash Ashokrao Deshmukh (12 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
CONVERSION REACTION

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for the query.
I can understand your concern.
It looks like a conversion reaction to me (a type of anxiety).
Stress of adapting to new environment may cause it.
Don't overreact to children's fears. While parents shouldn't ignore their children's fears, they should also try not to overreact to them.
How parents respond to their children's fears can determine whether the fear will continue to be a problem, or be overcome.
You can try some medication like imipramine after conssulting a psychiatrist.
Happy to help you with follow up query.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Follow up: Dr. Omprakash Ashokrao Deshmukh (11 minutes later)
Please confirm that he can not cause internal bleeding by his bending over or pressing on his bone or any other body movements. I want him to see a professional is telling him the same answer as his father.Please confirm that pressing on a bone, a vein against a bone or any other body movement would not cause internal bleeding. I understand it is a "anxiety issue" but seeing an answer from a professional can help calm his fears.

Thanks very much
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Answered by Dr. Omprakash Ashokrao Deshmukh (25 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It's not bleeding because.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for the follow up.
I can assure you that it is not bleeding as,
Bleeding usually causes pain.
Blood that irritates the diaphragm (the muscle that separates the chest from the abdomen) may cause pain in the chest or pain that radiates to the shoulder.
Bleeding in the brain is usually associated with decreased mental function which may include vomiting, lethargy, coma, seizure, or coma.
And you don't have any symptoms.

And most important thing is that any movement or just pressing the body part does not cause any bleeding, i can say you this with 100% assurance.

So don't worry , it will be alright as the time passes.

If i helped you kindly rate the answer.
REGARDS.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vinay Bhardwaj
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Brief Answer: CONVERSION REACTION Detailed Answer: Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. It looks like a conversion reaction to me (a type of anxiety). Stress of adapting to new environment may cause it. Don't overreact to children's fears. While parents shouldn't ignore their children's fears, they should also try not to overreact to them. How parents respond to their children's fears can determine whether the fear will continue to be a problem, or be overcome. You can try some medication like imipramine after conssulting a psychiatrist. Happy to help you with follow up query.