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Ideally, it would be Henry who went to see the therapist, or — even better — we would all go together, as a family. Henry is the type of kid who would really benefit from what is called cognitive behavior modification, a type of therapy where the doctor and patient work together to understand and change problematic behaviors. For Henry, this would mean dealing with his anxiety by learning some strategies other than refusing to get out of bed or leave the game room.
Unfortunately, Henry’s anxiety makes it impossible for him to participate in therapy. The idea of going to see a therapist terrifies him; each session is different in some way, and because he doesn’t know what’s going to happen or what the doctor is going to ask him to do, he just refuses to go. Instead, I go see the therapist, or Wade and I go, and we talk about what Henry is struggling with and how we’re handling it and where we feel like we need help. And it’s been a lifesaver for our family.
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The Same But Different is one mom’s story of navigating the teen years with a son who has ADHD and an anxiety disorder (because puberty isn’t hard enough already). Join me every Friday as I try to balance science homework, basketball practice and panic attacks without completely losing my mind.