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Since when he is having this problem?
Has he become irritable, violent , disrespectful to elders , aggressive, violent , snaps at people.
Does he have ideas of self importance such as , that he is someone who has some special powers or someone who is a very important personality whom everyone should obey.
Has he become inattentive, difficulty in maintaining focus in doing things, lagging behind in school
Did you mean that it has been 6 months that he has been suffering from This?
As you said that he is having trouble in getting to sleep, but tell me that how many hors in a day he has been sleeping and is fresh after he gets up from whatever little sleep he gets and also whether he has started getting up in the night and doing bizzarre things and making noises , waking other people as well.
have you enquired whether it is the headache that makes him do such actions?
How were his developmental milestones that is the time of social smile, sitting erect,walking were these on time or delayed?
is he somewhat mentally slow than adolesvents of his age?
does he throw temper tantrums and has become disobedient?
Kindly answer the above mentioned questions..
From what i could gather from this conversation , is that , your son is definitely not having developmental problem, as he has been above average student all along, by your own admission.
Neither, it is What we call is Conduct Disorder , halllmark of which is disobediance , undermining authority of elders, aggression and disrespect towards seniors and others, as , what traits you have mentioned about him are quite normal for a 15 year old boy, boys of his age usually behave in this way , as they are experiencing new things about themselves and it is a transition period from childhood to adulthood and one thing they hate most is when they are treated as kids by their parents.
On the other hand , parents misunderstand their rebellious attitude as something wrong in their behaviour and try too hard to correct them.
At this time you just need to give him , his space, start treating him as an adult, but not pardoning anything that is wrong.
As for the head banging trait , i would say that it is A Self Soothing act often developed by children , when still very young , and are similar to the acts of thumb sucking, obsession for a toy or a blanket, and is used by your son to get destressed and helps him to go to sleep and over the period of time , it has become a habit.
The second probable diagnosis can be an Attention Seeking behaviour.
Nonetheless , in both these conditions you are required to talk to your son in a calm and friendly way , talk reason with him, ask him to give up his habit, also give him some concessions and ofcourse the space a boy of his age would demand.
I hope everything will get alright.
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