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My son, 11 y/o, has been having behavior issues at school for

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My son, 11 y/o, has been having behavior issues at school for three years. He would make inappropriate comments to classmates, sometimes to adults. He has been said touching people without permission, made threatening comments although he was never intended to do those things. He is easily agitated, has difficulty staying in sleep, would get up and walk to other bedrooms mid of night several times a week, esp. after he gets to bed earlier like before 10 pm. Will seeing a psychiatrist help him. Will he improve?
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Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  TherapistMarryAnn replied 5 years ago.

Hi, I'd like to help you with your question.


Yes, with treatment your son should improve. Depending on his diagnosis, he may only need short term treatment. Once he has an evaluation done, you will have a better idea of what is going on. The therapist will be able to tell you what type of treatment and the duration that will best help your son.


You can make an appointment with a Master's Level therapist. A therapist can do a complete evaluation on your son and determine his diagnosis and treatment plan. A therapist with M.Ed, MA or MSW can help your son. A psychiatrist, on the other hand, is a doctor who specializes in psychiatric disorders and prescribes medications. They can do therapy, but they mostly prescribe. At this point, there is no way to tell if your son would need medications until he has an evaluation completed. So a Master's Level therapist is probably the best option to start with.


To find a therapist for your son, contact his doctor. They can provide a referral. Also you can search on line at Be sure to search for a therapist that works with children.


I hope this helped you,

Expert:  TherapistMarryAnn replied 5 years ago.

I haven't heard from you. Do you have any other questions or want clarification?



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