I am having anxiety attacks.
I am reposting this because I didn’t get much response the first time. I’m a 9th grade girl at a very prestigious K-12 private school in Washington, D.C. For my own K-8 years, I was at a different, much smaller, much less academically challenging school in the suburbs, which I loved and had fast friends at (it was home for me). I graduated that school and have been attending the K-12 school (school x) for a little over 3 weeks. My biggest challenges are that I am taking advanced biology and running cross country, playing in the orchestra and taking private music lessons.
My issue is that I have been having anxiety attacks nightly since school started. These attacks are comprised of serious crying and hyperventilating. Most days, I feel depressed and anxious, and at night I cry profusely. Except when I am sleeping, all I can think about is how I don’t want to go to school, or how I wish I were at home (the latter occurs when I am at school). School x is very challenging by nature academically, and for a girl who is used to being the top of her class and never being challenged, the shock of this new environment is taking its toll.
Also, I feel like none of the kids that have been at school x since before 9th grade have any desire to be my friend. No one has been outwardly mean, but no one has been particularly warm (they’re all in their own groups), and I have noticed that none of the other new students are spending time alone like I am.
I’ve never had these issues before. A few days ago, I came home from school, and told my parents (who have been extremely supportive throughout this mess, and are acquainted intimately with my issue) that I hated school and cross country. The thought of going to school makes me want to fake sick or be actually sick, and it makes me depressed and anxious to the point of nausea.
So, I guess my question is: Is this worth going to therapy over? Should I be doing something differently? Do you have any miscellaneous advice for a sad school-goer?
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