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I understand how your grandson's symptoms are causing you concern and that you would like to get him seen by a professional to help him
A good child psychologist can definitely give him a more in depth evaluation and treatment regimen, and I can help you find one in your area. But I can also do a brief one to give you an idea of what may be going on as well
Should I prefer a child psycholigist vs a psychiatrist
You mentioned that your grandson does not respond well to discipline and is destructive, is he rebellious towards authority figures or other children, or both?
A child psychologist will give you a better and more in-depth evaluation for your grandson, but a child psychiatrist is the only one that can prescribe medications for him if he needs them.
Very self centered. will not participate with other children and shys from adults
He not rebellious, but stay within himself if other children are there and does not like to be near adults
He also talks to himself like he is talking to an imaginary person
And when did you first notice this type of behavior?
1 1/2 years
It sounds like you grandson may have a diagnosis of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Here is a link with more detailed information for you.
Now a child psychologist can give him a good evaluation and provide him with techniques to help him cope with his symptoms, but he may need to see a child psychiatrist for possible medication
Is this a lifetime thing
It depends, ADHD has the possibility of resolving on its own when he become a teenager or a young adult, but not always. We do not know the exact causes for ADHD at this time unfortunately so we are not sure of its exact etiology.
Does medication have side effects
or long term effects
All medications have side effects, but usually the severe side effects are rare and the common side effects are not life threatening at all. There are a wide variety of medications to choose from with this disorder if you choose to go that route, but not all children with ADHD require medications.
In addition, he also may have a disorder called Aspergers Syndrome, which can account for him not playing with other kids and being shy with adults.
If you like I can look in your area to help you find a good child therapist that can evaluate your grandson?
So the first professional I seek should be a child psychiatrist in the dover de area. Yes I would like like a referral
These are the best child psychiatrists in your area
And they should be able to evaluate your grandson well and provide him with a treatment plan
One more thing. His Mother was doing drugs, at least Perks during pregnancy. Would this have apossible contribution to the problem with my grandchild and will the psychiatrist want to know this. My wife is always concerned about this and she will state it to the doc even if his mother is in attendance. I just need to know so I know who to get involved with this.
The psychiatrist will want to know this definitely as that can have an effect on his behavior, so I would tell the psychiatrist this
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