My daughter has severe panic attacks about the weather... please help.
My 10 year old daughter has for the last 3 years or so been having panic attacks whenever bad weather approaches. In the beginning, it would only be once an actual storm was on us or even just when a TS or Hurricane would come, but in the last year or so, she watches the weather channel constantly, goes onto a weather website at least 5 or 6 times a day. I've gotten up at 6 am and found her at the computer looking at the radar scans. She will start to shake uncontrollably, cry and pace the floors back and forth. She will beg me over and over to check the weather channel and stand in the hallways with her ears covered because I guess she is afraid that the warning beep will be going off. Please note, my daughter has NEVER been through any type of traumatic experience where the weather is concerned. We live in a part of FL that has been very fortunate where hurricanes are concerned, we usually get bypassed or just skirted. She has never been through a tornadoe, flood, or anything like that. I think her babysitter got caught in some hail one day, but it was nothing that I think would have triggered this kind of a phobia. Needless to say, hurricane season is very stressful. Any words of advice. I DO NOT want her put on meds.
Last edited by ms_mod; 06-14-2006 at 11:19 AM.