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Category: Mental Health
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Experience:  Pediatrician, Board-certified in Ped Hematology/Oncology
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My 8 yr son has difficulty falling asleep, which in turn

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My 8 yr son has difficulty falling asleep, which in turn makes him angry and frustrated easily during the day. He is very active in sports, does well in - never talks in class, never behaves out of line in class, when he gets home he is very upset with the kids that do misbehave. He throws temper tantrums (swearing and yelling, door slamming,) then feels bad and says his life stinks. I don't know how to help.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Kaushik replied 5 years ago.

Hi there,

Welcome to Just answer !

Since how many days has this been happening ?

Have you asked him whether there is any problem at school ?


Customer: replied 5 years ago.

There are no problems at school - i have asked him and have talked to his teacher. The school issue is just an example, he also gets frustrated when thing do go together the way he anticipates, he gets frustrated when he is tired...but he can not 'turn off' his brain to sleep at night. His bedtime is 8:00 and there are days that he is still up laying there untils 11:00. He doesn't have toys in his room, he is just laying there thinking....then wakes up tired, frustrated and crabby.

Expert:  Louise Sivak, M.D. replied 5 years ago.
Hello, For how long has your son had problems falling asleep? Is he able to stay asleep once he does? Have you discussed this with his pediatrician yet?