Nervous Outbreaks of 7 yrs old

Ingrid - posted on 07/27/2011 ( 5 moms have responded )




Hi 7 years old boy has frequent nervous outbreaks. He gets nervous at everything. And this can be very embarrasing when it happens outdoors with other people round. When he does not get stg he wants or when he fights with his younger brother, it can go to extreme levels. He gets red and explosive, yelling and so. It is really a challenge to calm him down. Otherwise he is just a very good boy and intelligent at school with excellent results. Any suggestions how to deal with this?


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Amy - posted on 09/27/2011




sounds like an evaluation is in order by a psychologist. If you have done all you can, time out, removed him from the area that caused the stress, spanked (if you do spank), talked to him, etc....this sounds like the start of bi-polar disorder. Kids have anger not start...believe me, it's a long road if this is it, but therapy alone can be your saving grace! Best of luck.

Ingrid - posted on 09/27/2011




Thanks Leeann, I found your comment very helpful, especially the counting and the eye contact. I think its a very good idea...

Leeann - posted on 09/27/2011




My son has the same issues, he was diagnosed being developmentally delayed. It just means that he didn’t have the maturity level to handle things. Now I don’t know if your child has been diagnosed with this, but I'll tell you what we did with my son.

He started out seeing the schools psychiatrist, she told us to make him look us in the eyes when we talked to him. When he did so we had to make him take deep breaths, and speak to him slowly and calmly. We even started making him count. Here was a typical convo... "Danny deep breaths baby, 1,2,3. That’s it good job! Now lets talk about what you did and why that was wrong?” You’ll have a hard time reasoning with a 7 yrs old boy, they just cant be reason with sometimes.

We also don’t let him get away with his behavior, if he was acting up he got punished for it. Just keep your cool and be firm. Its hard trust me I know, but you can get through it, if I remember anymore tricks I promise to post, but hopefully you’ll have more help soon.

Louise - posted on 07/27/2011




I think you have to nip this in the bud and fast. If these outbursts happen at home you have more control to put your foot down. As soon as you can see the situation start to get out of control warn him that you do not want to see any sillyness and if he blossoms into a full outburst remove him from the situation by placing him on the naughty step for three minutes and then go back to him and get down to his level and explain that he is a big boy now and big boys do not do (whatever he is doing) does he understand why he is on the step, if he says yes give him a cuddle and let him go if he says no then explain again and give him a cuddle and let him go. You will have to do this several times to get the message across but it will work.

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