TKDmom Posted September 28, 2012 Share Posted September 28, 2012 I have a 7yo whose moods have always been extreme. He's either got the biggest smile you've ever seen or he's in the depths of despair. The last time I went to see a therapist (for myself), I mentioned in passing that my 7yo throws temper tantrums over minor things (e.g. being asked to unload the dishwasher, pick up his clothes off the floor, or turn off the Wii). The therapist's eyebrows shot up to his hairline and he said, "At seven? He's still throwing temper tantrums?" He then gave me the name of a child psychiatrist to have ds evaluated. I'm not eager to have my ds labeled or put on medication...but if he truly needs help, I don't want to keep it from him. Bipolar disorder runs in my family (although I don't have it) and the family history of mental illness probably has my radar up a little. He seems to be getting angry about a lot of things lately. Personally, I think he needs more one-on-one time with me and that I need to totally cut electronics out of his life. He has proven that he has addictive tendencies and can't do electronics in moderation. Thoughts?? Have you ever had a child who still throws temper tantrums at this age? Do you think it's just a parenting/discipline issue? Or would you seek professional help? Oh, and if you think it's just a parenting issue, please be gentle with me. I have the skin of...one of those see-through frogs specially made for hs science kits (That's direct quote from Aubrey. I always loved the way she phrased things here, and that one runs through my mind all the time.) Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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