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      I’m new to the forum. My daughter (15) has recently been referred to counselling for suspected OCD and anxiety.

      She is in year 11 at school and it is effecting her school work. She gets anxious at any change, she can’t focus because of compulsions they she’s trying to resist or would get in trouble doing so she is very worried about her GCSEs.

      She is predicted between 6-9 in all subjects but in her mocks she suffered from panic attacks so achieved significantly lower. All of her teachers have said it is not an accurate marker of where she is currently working at. This was the catalyst for seeking help.

      The GP has said that she ticks all except one box for OCD so referred her for counselling based on this.

      I contacted the school SENDCO and explained this; she has said that because she has no official diagnosis yet, she does not need a SEND plan and the school don’t need to put anything in place.

      Some of her teachers have been great but some are not understanding without the support of the SENDCO.

      Does anybody have any advice on where to go from here?


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