Hi everyone! I could use another opinion. In a nutshell, our just-turned-4yo has always been a little anxious (nervous around people he doesn't know, won't do things other kids enjoy - like sports, birthday parties, play houses, etc.) and that seems to have been compounded since we had our baby, about 7 months ago. Right after baby was born, 4yo had a major sleep regression (totally normal, however...). Then, he started repeating the same four random phrases at bedtime, demanding that we respond to him in a very particular way, and he repeats the phrases over and over for about an hour. I noticed he would repeat these phrases whenever we are somewhere that makes him anxious (like the doctor's office or in any new place). If we don't respond to the phrases in the way he wants us to (we have to answer in very specific ways, in a certain tone as well), he has a panic attack, can't breathe, and one time slammed himself against his bedroom door repeatedly. He will also get out of bed 4 to 6 times at night and we have to go through the whole "phrase repeating rigmarole" all over again. We took him to the pediatrician who saw the "phrase issue" as a red flag and recommended we find a psychologist. I couldn't find a psychologist who had openings, but was able to find a wonderful play therapist who agrees, based on what we've told her, that 4yo has an anxiety issue, possibly Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). I had a parent teacher conference yesterday and when I explained that we have been taking 4yo to see a therapist and that we believe he has an anxiety issue, his teachers told me they think his behavior in and out of the classroom is completely normal: "it's common for 4yo's to get out of bed a lot at night, he is probably manipulating you / stalling by repeating phrases", etc. He also does not exhibit any anxiety at school (although is extremely active and gets in trouble A LOT for hitting, biting, acting out) and I explained that some children with anxiety will act normal at school because they may not emotionally trust their teachers enough to be emotional in front of them; they will often harbor their anxiety and then let it out when they get home from school (yep - our kid acts fine at school, but become emotional, whiny, needy, cries a lot at home). We have been showering him with attention and as much love as we can....poor thing. Anyway, does anyone have any opinions about: (A) Should I get a 2nd opinion from another therapist or psychologist regarding whether or not he seems to have an anxiety problem... or is he just too young and I should wait? Both mom and dad sides of his family have histories of anxiety, depression, ADHD/learning disorders, so part of me is concerned that I may be projecting issues onto something that isn't even a problem. (B) How do I handle teachers who are so dismissive? I did not even have a chance to talk to them about our therapist's recommendation to rephrase their "control your body" directive because it is too confusing to a 4yo... or teach them breathing techniques we use at home.