20 Jun '11, 9pm

Her phobia of school: Every morning before heading to nursery, she gets panic attacks. She would cry hystericall...

MY four-year-old daughter has an intense fear of going to school. Instead of adapting over the weeks, her phobia has worsened. Every morning before heading to nursery, she gets panic attacks. She would cry hysterically for hours - to the point that she hyperventilates sometimes. She also becomes violent whenever I try to dress her for school. What can I do about it, and is it healthy to simply let her cry it out every day? Reply by Ms Amrit Kaur, Psychologist, Department of Psychology Service, KK Women's and Children's Hospital It can be very worrying to have your child cry uncontrollably on a regular basis. However, school refusal is a far more common problem than parents realise. It is almost impossible to determine the exact cause of the problem and what is maintaining it without extensive discussions, and so it would be wise to consult a clinical psychologist to conduc...

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