Anxiety taking the wheel


My 12-year-old niece is experiencing out-of-control anxiety. She says thoughts keep repeating themselves over and over in her head. She's even experienced anxiety about having anxiety. My sister and brother-in-law took her to see a therapist and are considering putting her on anti-anxiety medications. My BIL's family has a history of anxiety, especially the females. His mother and grandmother (now deceased) have been on anti-anxiety meds for many, many years. He seems to think it's genetic.

From my outsider's point of view, I think they are giving their daughter's anxiety WAY too much attention. I read your column regarding this and think it's spot on. Do you think the no talking method could work with her?

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