Could my son's loneliness lead to depression?

Amanda - posted on 08/24/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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My son is 9 years old and struggles with making friends. He has a hard time picking up on social cues and it tends to push other kids away. When he is happy/excited he jumps up and down and squeals really loud, when he gets hurt (falls or is accidentally hit with a ball) he causes a pretty big scene crying and screaming. He seems really young for his age. But in some ways he is very mature, like watering the garden daily and being ready on time for school and church with out me waking him up. There is an elderly lady who lives near by and he likes to take her tomatoes and help her unload groceries, just little sweet things. He mentions to me daily that he can not make friends. There are LOTS of children in our neighborhood but they refuse to let him play along. He comes home from school upset with the same issues. I fear this may lead to depression. I hate seeing him down and am terrified he may get depressed. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Charlotte - posted on 08/24/2014

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This sounds like my son when he was 9. To answer your question, yes this can lead to deeper scion. My son was dx. Adhd when he was younger than your son, then bi polar when he was a teen. My son is now 34 and does poorly with women and has poor social skills. Has your son even tested for Asperger's syndrome? It was not a condition when my son was little. I would get your school psychologist involved. Please don't ignore this.
Best wishes,
Charlotte

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Dove - posted on 08/24/2014

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Speaking to the school guidance counselor or his doctor for a psychologist recommendation would be a very good thing. He may or may not have an actual diagnosis, but in any event a counselor can help him learn social cues and ways to use his strengths to his advantage in learning to make friends.

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