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Hello. My daughter is 9 years old and exceptionally intelligent.

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Hello. My daughter is 9 years old and exceptionally intelligent. She manages every year to get straight "A's" as well as score hight on all testing, but has difficulty I'm going to say with people in general. She doesn't have any friends, and though she tries, she is pretty much a loner at school. She gets frustrated with people easily, and she is lacking extremely impatient. Lately, she has taken to hitting the family dog in exasperation or her cousins, she says because "they won't listen." I'm really worried about what is going on with her and fear another year of school with more drama, no friends, and problems with hitting. Should she see a psychologist or is this some sort of developmental phase that she is going through?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Olsen replied 6 years ago.
Hi I am a Clinical Psychologist.

Thank you for bringing your question on JustAnswer.

I am sorry to hear your daughter's situation.

She sounds like a very smart and perfectionistic girl. She may be suffering from some depression. She seems to have low frustration tolerance and anger problems.

She may benefit seeing a psychologist who specializes in psychodynamic play therapy and children. In therapy, she may able to express big feelings in play and talk and also learn anger management and appropriate social skills.

She can also attend a group therapy for girls of her age that focuses social skills development.

I am sure that since she has lots of strength, she can learn these skills including anger management, emotional regulation, social skills through individual therapy and/or group therapy. I hope this info helps even a bit.

Edited by Dr. Olsen on 9/1/2010 at 5:44 AM EST
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