Teenage Daughter Afraid Of School

Dear Sara,

My fifteen year old daughter is refusing to go to school. I have tried everything and she just won’t go. She either reads or plays on her computer and stays in her room and doesn’t want to talk about it. The only thing she has said is that she feels really nervous when she has to go to school. What can I do to help her?

Dear Laura,

At this point your daughter probably needs some professional help. Sounds like she is really anxious and could have a disorder called social phobia where any social situation makes her really uncomfortable. There are medications that will help her anxiety but you could also consider hypnosis. She may be worried about using hypnosis but it’s very relaxing and not scary at all.

Her social phobia needs to be addressed right away. Ask your family doctor or pediatrician if they can recommend someone in the mental health field who is qualified to help a teen with this condition.

Good luck.

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