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23 Oct 2008

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I had a call from my sons (13 years) school principal saying that he had thrown a bottle of juice on the prefect on duty. My son has a history of friction with other kids since pre-school. He was diagnosed ADD when 6. Had OT Speech theraphy, psycotheraphy. Been on ritalin but does not want to take it any more. I have asked the principal to call both my husband and myself in so that he hears the extent of this from her.
My husband is an abusive man, both physically, verbally and emotionally. His answer to something like this is he is a boy.
My husband, although we live in same house, does not communicate with me or my daughter of 18.
I am planning to move with the kids once exams are over.
Please help me as I do not know where to go from here.
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

The abuse is probably very relevant, and will have re-inforced the idea of violence as being acceptable, at least by his father's example. This needs to be discussed with hit therapist, and he should probably resume the Ritalin or some similar treatment, and perhaps some counselling, too. To what extent is your son aware of the drama developing between you and your husband ? Is it possible that part of the isue right now, is that by making trouble for himself at school, he may think he will force the two of you to talk to erach other and collaborate in trying to sort this out ?
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