My 13 yo dd very suddenly began having panic attacks 3 weeks ago. 5 or more each day. Total loss of control and reasoning abilities. She has anxiety about impossible things-- an invisible hammer is going to hit her. The walls of the bathroom are going to collapse on her etc. I immediately took her in to the doctor who diagnosed "the worst case of anxiety he has seen in 20 years of practice" and prescribed Zoloft and Valium. When she is in the middle of an attack she has motor or vocal tics that are beyond her control. DD is constantly worries about her heart-- it is beating too slow, too fast, feels funny, feels different "my heart has stopped beating" etc. It can take up to 4 hours to get her to sleep at night,even with max doses of Valium. Prior to this, she was occasionally mildly anxious, but able to do anything she wanted.
Needless to say, this has hugely impacted her siblings in a very negative way as we have not left the house to do any activities in nearly a month. 100% of mom and dad's efforts are on the 13 year old. We have a counseling appointment this week and a cardiologist appointment later this month to rule out heart arrhythmia .
Any other ideas of what this could be?