i have a six year old son with behavior problems and i dont know what to do. he gets kicked out of school all the time and they recently started calling the truancy officer when he gets in trouble. hes always been hard to deal with, but its getting worse. half the time i dont even know what sets him off. it could be when someone tells him no or if he thinks something isnt fair. he starts screaming kicking and punching and throwing things.he usually doesnt do that at home though. its mostly at school. he does throw fits at home, but nothing like at school. weve seen a psychiatrist twice. the first time he prescribed concerta. we looked it up and decided not to do it, so he prescribed risperdal, and i dont want to do that either. But, were desperate to do something. we just need to know whats wrong with him but all the drs seem to want to do is write prescriptions. he was on tenex a while back but it just made him sleep all the time. Please help us. I dont know what to do
It would probably benefit you both to see a psychologist who specializes in children with behavior problems. Not only will it help you by teaching you how to respond when he acts out, but there may be an issue with your son that may not have come out with the previous psychiatrist's evaluation. Just given what you have said about it mainly occuring at school may mean that he severely dislikes the school, doesn't feel he is getting proper attention or some other factor at the school. Psychologist can NOT prescribe meds, they may suggest some, but you would have to take him to a doctor to get any they suggest. Maybe the school guidance counselor can suggest a psychologist or his pediatrician.
It sounds like your son is unhappy at school for some reason. Please try to talk to him yourself and find out whats upsetting him. I am shocked to hear he was offered risperdal at his age. I think the world has gone mad! He;s just a little boy. Its true that most doctors only want to label and drug people these days. Theres an excellent DVD available called "The Marketing of madness" Kids are the latest targets of pharmaceuticals with childish or bad behaviour being promoted as an illness requiring drugs ! Its an utter scandal. Boisterous kids just need firm discipline and lots of love and support. Don;t give up on him,he WILL grow out of it and be a wonderfull son for you. If you can, get him involved in lots of sport or a hobby which makes him feel good about himself and always tell him how wonderful and special he is . The best book I have read is "The ADHD Fraud:How psychiatry makes patients out of normal children" by Fred Baughman MD and child neurologist .Good luck.
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