Thank you, Kristina, for the replies to the questions and the added information. It helps a lot in understanding what the situation is.
I can imagine how worrisome this situation must be for you. You are clearly a loving and caring mom and to see your daughter go through this when you yourself go through it must be very difficult. It's really good that you are seeking help for her.
Much in terms of finding the right psychiatrist to treat your daughter will be determined by your insurance and how long each psychiatrist's waiting time is for seeing new patients. This problem of waiting times that can stretch from 6 weeks up to even months is a serious issue as there is a shortage of psychiatrists, especially those specializing in children's issues.
Therefore, your first referral source should be her pediatrician. The pediatrician would know the status of the psychiatrists that he/she feels will be able to see your daughter and that he/she trusts with kids.
If there is a university hospital in your area, they may have a pediatric psychiatry section. And that may give you the opportunity to see one of the doctors in that practice. They would have a lot of experience in dealing with child anxiety issues. If so, talk to your pediatrician about referring your daughter there. I have found that the docs in the university hospital pediatric psychiatry units are very experienced in a wider range of issues and have had a lot more experience with a range of medications.
If there is no university hospital in your area, then another informed referral source may be your psychiatrist or doctor who is prescribing your medications for your anxiety issues. Hopefully you have a good relationship with your doctor and can ask him/her who would be the psychiatrist that he/she would send their child relative to for treatment of anxiety issues. This, in my experience, is often a very useful referral source. If the doctor doesn't know of anyone right away, ask the doctor to network with other doctors in the area to see if he/she can give you a suggestion.
I'd like to link for you some guidelines from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry about medications. It's general information, but these are good things to keep in mind and an introduction to the medications themselves that are approved for kids:
And also an article by Dr. John Walkup who is very respected nationally in the children's psychiatric field. It is an excellent introduction to the medications by a true expert:
So, stay hopeful. You're doing good things for your daughter and I hope there is a university hospital in your area and if not, that your or her doctor can refer you to someone who accepts your insurance and will see her quickly.
Okay, I wish you the very best!
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