Updated: Oct 7, 2022
Every mother wants her child to be healthy and happy. But what happens when a child struggles with anxiety, which disrupts not only her life but of those around her? Aimee contacted me as she felt she had no one else to turn to. She was receiving support from her family and the hospital, but Amee still had no idea how to get to the bottom of her daughter’s struggle with anxiety.
This is Amee’s story of how her incredible daughter, Morgan, overcame her anxiety, was discharged from the Consultant at the hospital and is back to living her happiest life.
Help, my child has anxiety
I reached out to Carol-Ann to ask if she did 1:2:1 coaching because I was at a loose end with Morgan (aged 10). To be honest, I didn’t know what to do. I felt so stuck. We went to the GP and were waiting, for what felt like a lifetime, to see a Consultant about Morgan’s horrific tummy pains and anxiety, which led to problems with food. All this literally came from nowhere. Morgan was getting worse daily and she wouldn’t leave the house without a battle. The only places she would go were to school, gymnastics and to see local family. We couldn’t do anything as a family or go anywhere fun. Even if she seemed ok after a battle, we knew once we got there it would be a different story. It’s difficult to explain how tough this time was for us all. Unless you have been through it, you can’t even imagine it. Before all this started, we totally took life for granted with her. When it’s all taken away, it’s the most soul destroying feeling in the world. Nothing was enjoyable anymore. Anxiety is so real and now I understand the impact on a person’s life. It’s truly devastating how someone can get so lost through no fault of their own. On the Up! Morgan’s first session with ‘Caz’ was a dream. After being nervous, yet excited, as I explained how Caz is young, cool and will help her to get better, Morgan was really settled clearly. She felt comfortable to talk (shocking for me) and seemed like she made a friend and wasn’t there for anything but a catch up with someone she had known for years. She talked and talked about pretty much anything and everything whilst Caz managed to pick out the little issues that had, in fact, led to such a big problem for not only Morgan but everyone around her. After our first hour, I already knew secretly we were on the up. Carol-Ann lifted Morgan so much and made her feel so empowered. Morgan could finally take control of the issues through simple tasks that she then went on to practise. Carol-Ann made her believe in herself. After just a couple of sessions, Morgan constantly carried out the tasks that Caz had set her. She made worry jars and talked about her feelings. She was given a Warrior CBT band that helped her to change her thoughts, if she felt worried or anxious, she simply snapped the band and chose to think something more positive. She wore it everywhere! She even opened up to her friends and teachers about what she was doing and explained things she had learnt off Caz. It was like she had her own toolkit of things that helped her. Morgan was well and truly on the mend. We could see a massive difference in her already and it had only been a couple of weeks.
Discharge from Consultant