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Anxiety in Children and Youth: Information for Parents and Caregivers
Does Your Child Have.. Does your child have any of the following:  Gets fearful or worried about leaving the home, e.g. school or activities? Require a lot of reassurance to calm down?  Fears that are so extreme, that it gets in the way of life? Introduction Dylan is afraid of the dark. Tricia hates to eat in front of other people. Eric becomes sick to his stomach and throws up if he has to speak aloud in class.    Life is stressful. It is normal to have fears and worries. Being worried about things can help us prepare for potential dangers. E.g. being worried about failing a test ...
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Fear of Vomiting (Emetophobia)
J's Story J. is a twenty-something who struggles with a fear of vomiting. She remembers the day it started in Gr. 9. She had been sick with the flu and ended up throwing up in class. Since then, her fears of vomiting have been getting gradually worse. She is able to go to her work but other than that, she is not able to leave home. She wishes so badly that she could just go out like others… What is the Fear of Vomiting (Emetophobia)? It is normal to dislike the thought of vomiting and in fact, having just enough fear of vomiting can be helpful. It encourages one to 1) stay away from people who may be sick, and 2) take measures to avoid ...
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Panic Attacks in Adults
Penny’s Story, Part 1 Penny has always been a bit of a worrier, but now she’s started having periods “out of the blue” where she feels suddenly anxious, along with shortness of breath, feeling sweaty. The periods are so severe, that it feels like she’s having a heart attack. Worried that she might be having a heart attack, she goes to the Emergency Department at her local hospital. Good news, she finds out it's not a panic attack. But the bad news is that she keeps on having these attacks, and just doesn’t know what to do. What advice would you give Penny? What are Panic Attacks? Panic attacks are periods of intense fear ...
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Selective Mutism in Children and Youth: Information for Parents and Caregivers
“She won't speak to anyone…” Fatima is a 7 year old girl who plays soccer with her brothers and talks excitedly about her favorite World Cup team. Yet, at recess time, she stands alone watching the other kids play soccer and doesn’t speak when her classmates ask her if she wants to play. And despite the school year being half over, she has not spoken a single word in her classroom. Fatima's parents have tried everything to get her to talk. They've tried talking to her about her feelings, and asking if she's been bullied. They've tried positive consequences such as rewards for being able to speak. They've tried punishing her for not ...
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