Mental/emotional disorder in a 7 year old?

Kristine - posted on 11/25/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )




I look after a girl who displays the following behaviours and as time goes on, the seem to intensify.
- lying about anything and everythin
- doing spiteful things to other kids just 'because she feels like it' or 'I like to be mean to other people'.
- defies all female authority. Refuses to respect female caregivers(will
Listen at school), will not obey simple rules like don't hit or grab, treat others as you wish to be treated.
- gets great satisfaction from causing other people emotional or physical pain.
- when given time out as punishment runs away and literally runs around the house in circles laughing like a maniac
- threatens female caregivers with things like 'I'm going to tell people you hit me' and it is NOT true
- honestly doesn't seem to care about others feelings
- tries to manipulate caregivers and turn them against eachother

I know I need to end care but are these symptoms of a disorder? I believe she needs professional assessment and counseling but parents disagree saying 'she just got a strong personality and she is so headstrong and she will outgrow it' I am quite
Concerned for her and worry about what she will be like in the future as she appears to lack any compassion and has no regard for morals.


Katherine - posted on 11/25/2011




Sounds like Oppositional Defiant Disorder. The treatment is therapy for the child AND the parents. Medication could also be part of the treatment plan. It's possible, that left there is no intervention, ODD can turn into Conduct Disorder. There are many books on both subjects. The Toolbox For Parents by Landikusic and Lolofie has been helpful. Take care.


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Tamara - posted on 11/25/2011




I would discuss it with her Dr and see what he/she has to say then go from there. it does sound like ODD as Katherine suggested. Its a fine line its better to get help and know and get on the right track when they are young. and there are ways to treat these things with out meds so work with them and see what you can do.

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