Allergies Cause High Anxiety

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By on Thu, 08-18-05, 02:11

From the [url="http://www.allergicliving.com"]www.allergicliving.com[/url] website:-

Allergies cause high anxiety
7/11/2005

Those with children at risk of anaphylaxis know all too well that food allergies can cause parental stress. But now a team of British pyschologists has confirmed and quantified that anxiety.

In a survey of 120 parents at allergy centres in Nottingham and Birmingham, the psychologists found that 36 per cent of those questioned revealed clinical levels of anxiety about their child's allergy, while others were suffering from depression. The parents of allergic kids reported sleep loss from worry as well as upset stomachs. Dr. Rebecca Knibb, who led the study, is calling for more examination of how allergists deal with parents, suggesting that, at a minimum, parents are being given too much information during a single allergist's appointment.

For a discussion of parents and allergy stress, see our Talking Allergies discussion forum under "Schools".

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By Going Nuts on Fri, 08-19-05, 14:23

Hmmmm, how much $ did this research cost? They could have just asked us!!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]

Just kidding, it's good to have real, hard data behind a theory.

Amy

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By on Fri, 08-19-05, 15:05

Interesting, only 36% ??!!

Or 100% only 36% of the time ??!!

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By McKenziesMom on Fri, 08-19-05, 17:24

Let's assume 36% were suffering from anxiety and 64% were suffering from depression! And I'll bet 50% were suffering from both, along with panic attacks and sleep deprivation!

Right now my 15 year DD is testing her wings and I am either losing sleep because she's out without adult supervision or losing sleep because she's in the house but I'm making up "what-if's" in my head. As in "I know I can trust her, at least I think I know I can trust her, but WHAT IF she's not where she says she is and something happens and her friends who say they understand how important it is to act quickly really don't understand what the word "quickly" means...I'm really suffering from sleep deprivation in a big way. We have cellphones and she can't go out without hers, but the other day, I called, got no answer for a few calls and then panicked! Turns out they were at the pier swimming, she'd left a note at the house (which I couldn't read strangely because I was at work) and she had the phone with her, but not right with her, since it's not waterproof. And I very calmly reminded her that if she's going to be away from her phone, to call me and TELL me she's going to be away from the phone. Calmly, because the Adivan had kicked in and I was numb and could breath again...

I, too, really hope they didn't spend a lot of money on the study.

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By erik on Fri, 08-19-05, 18:15

Quote:Originally posted by McKenziesMom:
[b]And I very calmly reminded her that if she's going to be away from her phone, to call me and TELL me she's going to be away from the phone.[/b]

I'm sure she'll be fine. She is well educated about her allergy and she takes precautions so everything will be fine [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Just think of when I was 15 .. there were no cell phones back then at all (early 1980s) so I was out of contact from my parents most of the day.. amd I was fine.. so she'll be fine too [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

(as long as she knows to ALWAYS ask - ask - ask before eating anything and if there is ANY doubt, don't eat it)

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By McKenziesMom on Fri, 08-19-05, 19:03

Erik, you are so calm. Of course you are right, and re-reading, I see I was having a panicky moment. I am 40-something and my best friend in public school also was PN/TN allergic and she's still around and living happily in BC with wonderful twin girls they adopted from China. And, as you say, this was pre-cellphone, and in her case, pre epipen. She also travels extensively, worked in restaurants, partied and barhopped way more than I ever did and survived (although she did have a couple of close calls in her teenage years.)

I try very hard to keep things calm between my DD and I. And we have a bit of an understanding between us - she needs to be a little bit more forthcoming than most of her friends about where she is, who she's with and what they're up to and I need to be a little bit more lenient because she needs to feel comfortable telling me stuff that her other friends are NOT telling their parents. So in reality, I probably have a better idea of what the kids are up to than some of the other parents.

But she told me she was at a party the other night and some boy she likes was walking around with a can of peanuts in his hand, eating them and spilling half of them as he wandered around. She and her better friends spent the rest of the night outside on the deck, and he spent the whole next day apologizing via email. I'm glad she told me, but it opens up a whole new area of worries!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]

Then I look at her and one of her best friends, who has spinal bifida and is in a wheelchair and suffering from kidney failure and stress and anxiety become relative!

This isn't the right thread for this, probably, but thanks!!!

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Linda

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