My son is 7, since he was 6 he has been in two psychiatric hospitals because he was extremely violent, held a knife to his 5 year old sister, and said he wanted to kill himself. He was put on Concerta and seretiline sp? for PTSD/ADHD. His violence has decreased significantly and he no longer says he wants to kill himself. However his behavior is absolutely horrible! I can not deal with it anymore and I don't know what to do. *Little background on him, his father beat him and raped his sister in 2008 he is in prison now but as a single young mother I got them out of the situation, got remarried (he loves his step father he has been in our lives for 6 years) and the kids were in counseling and therapy the state set up for them immediately following the discovery of what was going on at their fathers house. My daughter is doing extremely well, A honor roll and she behaves. My son has not done well and I have done everything I know to do.
After his visits in inpatient mental facilities and after given the medication, after two years in a good Christian school and behavior specialist I feel I am at a dead end. He deliberately annoys other children to the point he has no friends, he breaks rules all day long with a smile on his face (yes he knows this is wrong... he can articulate to me right from wrong when he is manipulating people). He has flooded my bathroom more than once, cut his shirt with scissors at school because he was "bored", he lies, manipulates and steals. He gets frustrated with homework and will punch himself in the head. He picks on his sister constantly. I have tried every discipline I can! Time outs, naughty corners, losing privileges , writing sentences, spankings, talking about his feelings when he does wrong, drawing his feelings in a journal...Everything!!! He is still on his medication, the only thing is seems to do is help with the violence he takes this regularly everyday. I'm at the end of my rope I don't know what to do!!!
I by no means am saying your son is bipolar, but rather would like you to explore if this a possibility.
You shouldn't have to live like this, and your son is suffering also - with proper medication and therapy, life can get a lot better. Keep searching for answers and don't give up. I know how hard it is to have a child that doesn't fit the "typical" model, so I really feel for you!!
I have some resource pages if needed - just let me know, and I'd be happy to pass them along. You can write back with your City / State of residence and I will send along as many as I can find.
I would call and talk to some of these organizations and ask where to find a good Dr. to evaluate your son and get some help with in-home services. You can't do this alone.....you need support, good Dr.s and a plan for your son.
Write back anytime, I check the board often. Take good care ((((Hugs)))) -Kathleen
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