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    I recently found out a friend of mine with athetoid CP has severe anxiety. She had a lot of emotional outbursts(crying and screaming) and slightly inappropriate behavior when she slept over and it was a bit of a shock to me because she never told me her issues were so severe. Can the anxiety be linked to brain damage or is it just emotional/psychological??? Let me know! She was without oxygen for quite awhile during/after birth and I wonder if on top of the CP maybe another part of her brain dealing with emotions was affected? Is there anything I can do as her friend to help? I know if she walks into a strangers house and has an outburst like that she could get in trouble. I also don't want to end up doing anything that reinforces the negative behavior. Her family doesn't want her on meds.
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    I don't know anything about anxiety disorders, so I'm not much help to you. However, I have a few questions:

    Has your friend been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder? Is she seeing a neuro or a therapist/psychologist?

    What triggered her outbursts? Does she have irrational fears of specific things/environments/people?

    The reason why I ask these questions is to discern whether she's actually having anxiety attacks or she is having some kind of neurologic event.

    It's certainly possible for brain damage to cause or contribute to anxiety disorders.

    I Googled and found this site:

    http://www.adaa.org

    I also Googled "anxiety and brain damage," in case you want to research that connection.

    https://www.google.com/search?client...UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

    If her family isn't keen on meds, which I completely understand, perhaps therapy would help her. A neuropsychologist or a neuropsychiatrist might be beneficial for her.

    You're a good friend to be concerned about her encounters with strangers, who might not understand her condition, and to want to assist her.

    I hope that others will respond with more information and experience for you.

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    I am sorry that your friend is having so much difficulty. I have suffered from anxiety (years ago) and I know that biofeedback can help as well as relaxation exercises. The thing is to get control over this demon and not let it control you. Good luck and I'm so pleased that you are such a support to your troubled friend. All the best,
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    Thank you both so much! Yes she has been diagnosed with anxiety had has had therapy on and off with mixed results. We both also do a special kind of body movement therapy that is somewhat like biofeedback to help with our CP. After doing some reading I wonder if since Athetoid CPers have their brain damaged in an area related to reflexes that have to do with fear and anxiety(I have the Moro Reflex which is kind of like that but not exactly) maybe there was a connection. I wonder if people with athetoid CP are more prone to these disorders like depression and anxiety?
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    Check out some of the sites listed from this Google Search:

    https://www.google.com/search?client...UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

    Just scanning the list, I see that depression and anxiety are sometimes associated with CP.

    I hope your friend can find some kind of suitable treatment. Hypnosis, perhaps? Even acupuncture?

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    acupuncture might be nice. I met someone with CP who did that as a treatment once.
    Mild Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy and bad proprioception.
    My website for my original short films! http://cripvideoproductions.com/cripsnotcreeps.php

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