Yes...there are lots of issues. We try very hard to keep the nasty things from our children but I'm sure there feeling some of the stress.
I've just finished a phone consult with the doctor. She has told me that lots of her anxiety is due to my many medical issues. I've also had many abdominal surgery's over the last 3 years in addition to what you have read recently. She seems to get these anxiety attacks in relation to anything to do with illness or death-so thats definitly an issue.
The therapist said that during the ages of 3-8 is the key time for them to learn about illnesses and that parents do get sick and grandparents,parents,pets do die. She thinks that she may be behaving this way because she is afraid that I may die or become so ill I will not be able to care for her.
I never really related the eating/masterbating issues with this but I'm sure they're all related to anxiety-thank you for pointing that out! By the way- she's stopped the weird eating habits and I'm sure she still masterbates ,but I haven't caught her doing it in inappropriate places.
I do have a lot going on in my life right now but am trying to get it all together.