16 Year old son - Panic disorder & Agoraphobia
I am lost. I am not sure where to turn anymore.
My son is 16 years old. He began having anxiety attacks when he was approximately 12. He went through therapy which seemed to help him a great deal and appeared to be problem free up until 2 years ago.
He began getting fearful of choking, dying and although is asthma is well controlled, he was convinced he would have a life ending asthma attack. He started isolating himself became very withdrawn. He's already very thin and had lost more than 10% of his body weight. We took him to his pediatrician who referred us to a pediatric behavioral specialist who prescribed Zoloft. He improved slightly, gained some weight. He began taking his meds very sporadic. It became a constant battle just to get him to take a pill. So, we put him back in therapy. It was there, recently, that he was diagnosed with panic disorder and agoraphobia.
The issue that I am having is two-fold. One, he is not doing the recommended journaling, tracking, exercises, etc for therapy. When we go to the session each week, I tell the therapist and my son just seems to talk his way around it.
The other issue is that he wants to go back on meds. I am going to contact a new dr. on monday to see about getting him on something. What do you do when your child says they want help, you are providing everything you can for him, but he is basically throwing it away?
I am so worried for him that I am becoming a nervous wreck. I am sleeping very little. I feel like I am always caught in the middle of things, with his father, his teachers etc.
I really need someone to talk to who has or is experiencing this with their child.