5yr old diagnosed with ODD and anxiety

Swathen423 - posted on 10/15/2015 ( no moms have responded yet )

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My son was diagnosed with ODD at age 3. He's been kicked out of 2 preschools and is now 5yrs old and recently started kindergarten. He has begun to show his aggressive behavior at school and we've already had a meeting with the counselor and principal within the first 3 weeks. He had been taking tenax for the past yr to help him sleep through the night (he had night terrors) and it was also supposed to help him stay calm throughout the day. This has stopped helping at all so we went to see a psychiatrist on the recommendation of his pediatrician. They switched him onto resperidone at night and .5 tenax in the morning. What's so frustrating is that his aggressive behavior only happens at school, he has never been violent at home and I don't understand this. At his aunts, at school, with his grandma, anyone other than at home he tends to act out, whether it be hurting someone (biting, hitting, kicking, spitting) to occasionally swearing, or saying morbid things (I think about someone getting stabbed and going to heaven). It breaks my heart to think that these thoughts are going through his head and I don't know if he really thinks that or if he's saying it to get a reaction because when I ask him about it, he denies it completely. He does argue with his father and I to no end but no violence. He's also extremely smart, always has been, especially for a preemie (born at 30 weeks). We've seen behavioral therapists as well. I guess I'm just looking to see of there is anyone else out there that feels helpless to help their own amazing child even when you feel like you are doing every possible thing to help them be their best. I feel like I'm drowning and I try to not let him see me upset lately, but it's getting harder every day. I just need to know that it can get better. Thank you for listening, sorry for the long essay!

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