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25 Jan 2006

Angry, negative child
My 4 year old son, has become increasingly difficult over the past year, continually having tantrums and shouting that he is "very very angry". (With us, his school and life in general). He does not listen to my husband or I and often appears to be in daydream . We have had his hearing tested and everything is fine. We have tried sending him to a different school this year, and he seems a bit happier, however he is not making any friends, and complains that he is too shy to say hello to anyone. He has reached a stage where he refuses to do swimming lessons or any other type of physical activity. When I ask him why he says that it makes his body tired. He has also become very negative regarding his abilities, often refusing to even try something, just saying that he can't do it. Do you think he may have low muscle tone, which is making him feel that he can't do anything? Or could this be a sign of ADHD ? I am desperate to get back my smiling , confident, happy little boy who had the world at his feet a year ago.
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childhood diseases
paediatrician

01 Jan 0001

Something is really worrying this little fellow. Is he being bullied at school? I dont think he fits the pattern of ADHD. He seems to be unusually depressed for a child of his age. Please have him seen by your paediatrician to see that all is normal with him and then he may require referral to a child psychologist.
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