Hello everyone. This is my first post here. I found this forum with a web search, and I really hope someone here can give me some helpful tips. My almost-16 year old son has been struggling with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) for the past year. It started when he left middle school and was about to enter high school. He did all right for the first 6 months or so of 9th grade, but gradually started having more and more anxiety, and around spring break of this year, he was so bad he could no longer attend school, and he's been doing a home school program since then. His anxiety was not due to bullying or problems at school, it seemed to stem more from the huge change of moving from a small, local middle school where he knew everyone, to a huge public high school that's quite far from our house and he knew nobody. We've tried medications without much success, and his ability to attend counseling has been sporadic at best (due to panic attacks). We recently found a counseling center much closer to home (walking distance) and he went to his first session last week without a problem and did beautifully. But today, he's back to refusing to leave the house, completely freaking out and nearly making himself vomit/pass out. I can't physically force him to go, obviously, as he's taller and stronger than I am. We've already had to deal with $50 cancelled visit fees at the previous counseling place, and they eventually refused to treat him anymore as he missed two appointments in a row. Now I'm worried it's just going to repeat again with this new counselor. How can I get my son the help he urgently needs, if he won't even leave the house? He desperately wants to get back to school and get his life back, but every time he has to leave the house now, he tends to start melting down a few hours before it's time to leave. I do my best to remain calm and encourage him to go. I explain that, in order to feel better, he needs to work through the moment of anxiety and realize it's temporary, it'll pass, and that once he gets over the hurdle of getting to the appointment, the worst is over. We try deep breathing, we try refocusing his thoughts, nothing seems to work. And every time he allows the panic to control him and keep him home, I know it's only being reinforced. I'm out of ideas, and I'm so exhausted and weary of worrying about him and watching him suffer. Help??