my 6 almost 7 yr difficult child has anxiety. She has been in preschool since age 2. She has sep anxiety (school, church birthday parties) and still just as bad as it was when she was younger. She doesn't know this but my husband and I have thought she is a worry wart since she was little. She worries constantly about everything. She gets easily frustrated and will lash out on herself. Hits her head with her fist as hard as you can imagine. She will put her hair, slap the **** out of her face and say I hate my life. I hate myself. Screaming crying and say that she is a jerk! A dummy! A bully! So mean to herself and expects way to much out of herself. She is a perfectionist also. Everything has to be just so! If not, she's not good at it and she can't do anything right. She has always masterbated. I think its comforting to her. At almost 7 yrs old we are having to remind her that isn't something you do when you are around others. She will lay in the floor while her and her sister are watching a movie and begin to do it. We praise her always and try to use positive reinforcement with her. I am beginning to wonder if her anxiety has brought some depression on board now too? What do you all think? One reason I am so afraid is if she is doing alot these things to herself at 6, what will she be doing to herself as she gets older if its not helped?