Emotional 8 yr old

Debra - posted on 04/02/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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I have 2 boys, 6 &8 yr old. I love them dearly. They are completely different from each other. My 6yr old has services to help him get by in school and he is doing great and then I have my 8 yr old who has issues as well and just now qualified for services. But I feel what I have to deal with at home is more the problem. My 8yr old is very defiant and cries on the drop of a pin. Out of crying ranges he has he says things that very much upset me, but at the same time I also feel he might do it for attention. Example. During his anger and crying he will say he is so stupid. Or he just wants to die. Now don't get to upset by this everyone. Kids do say things to upset their parents and not mean them, but he says it all the time and he just won't stop. One second he wants my attention of hugs and kisses and then a second later he is freaking out over something and crying and saying hurtful things. I can't control it. It's constant. Does anyone have these problems? Can he be bi-polar or just a 8 yr old boy having a very emotional side?

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Sallie Ben - posted on 04/02/2013

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Oh my goodness, you are dealing with a lot. I had a child like this who is now a teenager and has grown out of those behaviors. I totally get what you say about not taking it literally when he says that he wants to die. Whether he is just wanting attention or whether he has a real condition it sounds like he needs to see a therapist. Since I have experience with this that is what I would recommend. The first thing they did with my child at that age was to have him draw a picture so that the psychiatrist could analyse it. Your gut tells you that this kid has other things going on besides what the school gives him services for academically. Your instincts are probably right and a psychiatrist can help with diagnosis. Maybe he has bipolar, maybe it is that defiance disorder thing, maybe he just wants more attention than any human could give. Regardless of the outcome my experience was to go to the therapist because whatever the issue they can give you parenting tips specific to his issues. You hang in there; whatever it is it will likely improve as he grows up. Take care of yourself and don't be too hard on yourself about this.

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