Monday, September 2, 2013

Alien Anxiety

A little while ago I blogged about Austin having nightmares that he thought were real, I took him to his speech pathologist since the psychologist was away and everything gotten straightened out quickly.  Very happy about that!  A little while after that, Austin started to say he believed "aliens lived in the bathroom".  Every time he had to go to the bathroom, I had to stand in there or in the doorway to ensure he was "safe".  This frightened me!  I thought, please, please do not tell me he is starting to have anxiety!  I have struggled with anxiety and it is horrible!

After about of week (not everyday) of waiting in the hallway and bringing Austin out of his room to fall asleep (he believed that the "aliens" were hiding in his room at night), things started to subside.  I had already contacted the psychologist's office and explained the situation when it arose.  (I contacted a friend of mine and she assured me, it would be best to have him seen, just in case.  It never hurts to ask someone who has been down the road before you and has experience with autism.  Thank you for your help, I really appreciate it! OX)  When things seemed to calm down, I contacted the office again and said things were better and could I get an appointment just to make sure everything was fine.  We were placed on a cancellation list and got an appointment, so I booked it.  I have been referred to as a "pro-active parent" (I wonder if that is code for "pain in the butt!), I just do not like to let anything go or dismiss things that I believe might be an issue.

I talked to Austin yesterday about going into see the psychologist to talk to her about the "aliens".  He said told me that was back in June and he was over it.  I asked him if he would still talk about it with her to ensure everything is okay.  He said he would.  Thank goodness!

I will say, I believe he must still have some fear because he does run out of the bathroom in the early evening and at night quickly.  He shuts the door and does not call out or anything but I worry he may not want to admit that he is still a bit anxious.  He seems to have a lot of pride and does not want to be embarrassed either.  I just want him to feel comfortable and be as happy as he can be in every way.

I will post an update after the appointment tomorrow.

All the best!  *HUGS*


kristi said...

My son says things like this sometimes. Luckily it seems to be a phase or something.

Mommie that Gets It said...

Hi kristi,

Yes, thank goodness! :)