Ask the Therapist About ADHD - Page 3

Son Has Fits of Rage

My son has fits of rage and becomes very violent. His eye glaze over and he seems to become someone different. He has smashed windows, thrown hammers at me also tried stabbing his siblings. Do you have any ideas as to what could be causing his behaviour? A: Thank you for writing us here at PsychCentral. It must be such a difficult thing to watch your son go through these bouts. From your description...
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5-Year-Old Son Abused Our Dog

My wife walked in on our 5 year old son holding down his 4 month old beagle puppy and whacking it repeatedly with a stiff nerf sword. She said his eyes and face did not show emotion as he repositioned her and continued beating her while she cowered for 2 minutes before my wife finally stepped in after trying to see how it progressed. We know he is capable of feeling real empathy, but...
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ADHD and possibly ODD

I was wondering if a child with ODD will continue to be defiant if they get what they want. I have heard they will act up even when they get everything they want and do whatever they want. Is this true? A: Thank you for asking this important question about your child. I think the safest thing to do is to consult an expert on ADD and ODD so that you can understand the...
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Uncontrollable Homicidal Thoughts

I’m 15 years old in my second year of high school. I’ve been diagnosed with ADD and depression. For the past two years, I’ve had more and more thoughts of killing other people. There is never a specific reason to it. I haven’t been bullied, although I don’t have any friends, but I prefer it that way. The thought of intimately killing someone, slowly, sends a chill through my spine. I don’t even really...
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Schizophrenia or Depression?

Hi. I’m 15, and I think I have schizophrenia. I show way too many signs for schizophrenia (or a similar mental illness) not to be a concern. I commonly think things that don’t want to think. I have a terrible short-term memory and commonly forget to do my schoolwork and other important things (chores, obligations, etc.). I randomly get angry at my parents over the dumbest, smallest things then forget what it was about...
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Attention Deficit Disorder Treatment

I think I have Attention deficit disorder. I went to a doctor near me and he prescribed for me cipralex and Abilify. I have greater attention, feel more focused and do things faster than before but there are side effects. Now, I walk with my hands facing forward like a brick man, cannot lie down for long, have to get up and walk every while and have sleeping issues. Any better solution? Thanks in...
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Is This Love?

I guess I’ll just start from the beginning. I met my boyfriend during my junior year of college in Florida. We started out as friends for a couple of months. He was my marijuana dealer. I was a student, who worked as an exotic dancer and the local strip clubs with my wild group of girlfriends. I’d had plenty of experience with men and dating, but no serious relationships up to that point. He...
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Overly Attached to Cats

This past year my 18 year old brother died. We were very close. In my time of grief his cats (my childhood cats) were my only source of comfort. I was never close to my mother- during my teenage years we had constant physical and emotional fights. I was always somewhat distant with my father. I have an uncomfortable relationship with my stepmom and stepsister despite making our peace. In my lifetime I have...
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Is Something Wrong with Me?

Hi, I don’t know whether I am just reading too much into things or whether there actually is something wrong with me. I have noticed that I am very sad quite often I have also noticed that I tend to fidget a lot and cannot stay quite for long, I also have mood swings very regularly where I will be completely fine and then get really moody with friends and family for no reason....
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Teen Refusing Professional Help

A 19 year old family member who was diagnosed with ADD as a teen and recently diagnosed as bipolar refuses to get professional help. He has had previous drug issues as well as law issues. no violence just dumb but it is straining our family, we never know what’s going to happen next. any suggestions? A. This is a difficult problem. You cannot force people to do things they don’t want to do. You...
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Teen Mood Swings

Hi! I get mood swings that can last from an hour to a day where I can be depressed or really angry and I just I cant control myself sometimes but I cant concentrate very well and sometimes I just cant sit still. I was just wondering could that be just normal teenage behavior or bipolar or ADHD? And I have ADHD and OCD in my family. Thanks A: Thank you for asking this...
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