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29 Aug 2007

Divorce, son acting out
my 7yr old son has been acting out as this past few months have been really traumatising 4 us.he had problems in school last year as well but lately he is very disobedient, and has recently even ran far up the rd. and hidden away. we've gone thru a divorce 3 weeks back, my granny passed away last week, and my mom's been diagnosed with terminal cancer. he is aware of all of this, and i must admit that i havent been giving him all the attention he needs.He even makes comments that he wants to die. Pls advise me on how i can deal with the situation?
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

OK, the lad has an awful lot on his plate, with the divorce, the loss of his great-granny and your mom's illness. And of course as you too have all these things to deal with, you will have had less time available for him. And when a child becomes so distressed that he even refers to wanting to die, this is very serious and cannot be taken lightly. I would strongly suggest that you arrange for him to see a good local child shrink, for assessment, and then you can discuss treatment options with that shrink. COunselling could help him greatly at tuis time, and, indirectly, would also help you
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