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Dr. Z, Psychologist
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Experience:  Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology with a background in treating severe mental illnesses.
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It's very difficult to get an appointment with an physician

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It's very difficult to get an appointment with an physician psychiatrists in my area. But, please consider this child:
1. Child 3-4 yrs old: Attacked older siblings at different times with scissors, garden implements; sending each to the doctor for sutures.
2. 4-5 yrs: Child was terribly afraid of visitors/relatives. Would hide under the bed until coaxed out by mother.
3. 5-6 yrs: Fits of rage. Slamming doors, breaking glassware. Broke the large plate glass window in the front door 3 times in rages. Still has a scar on shoulder from the broken glass slicing open the shoulder in one door slamming episode.
4. 6 yrs: In first grade (no kindergarten) was paralyzed with fear of speaking out or being noticed/criticized. One occasion this child defecated while sitting at his desk for fear of raising his hand.
5. 6-13 yrs old: Frequent moves, child went to a new school every year up to 11th grade. Father alcoholic, unstable, wife/children beater. Child had no friends, very afraid of social situations. very fearful of any criticism or rejection by teachers or peers. No friends.
6. 3-13 yrs: Wet the bed.
7. College: Socially isolated, no friends. Virgin until age 21 and that encounter was with a married female student 8 years older.
Can you tell me what childhood psychiatric problems this child had?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 1 year ago.

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Hello and thank you for your question. It is impossible for me to make an accurate diagnosis of a child without a face to face evaluation and after the fact, since the child is an adult now, but I will provide you with my best speculation. Based on the behaviors you described Social Anxiety, an Autism Spectrum Disorder, and either Oppositional Defiant Disorder or a Conduct Disorder appear to be present.