My angry 10-y-o
My 10-year-old gets so angry that people around the complex hear him being belligerent. I am a busy professional, so my housekeeper gets the brunt of his wrath. Overall, he is okay at school. The teacher says he shouts when others are unfair to other children, and acts like a father figure. His father died a few years ago, and I have no main male role model in his life. How can I get him to stop shouting at home?
You need to speak with the housekeeper and your son separately and then speak to both of them after you have gained an understanding of what occurred that caused your son to be belligerent. Then decide your course of action. You may need to take your son for counselling to determine if there are any grief issues related to his father's death that he has not yet dealt with.
Can I use an old psych evaluation?
I visited a psychiatrist about six years ago when I was 13, and did not get a report about my mental health. I now need one for my job. Can I request a report from the psychiatrist?
Many developmental changes have taken place over the years. You have changed socially and emotionally, and would need another evaluation to determine the state of your mental health.
Orlean Brown-Earle, PhD, is a child psychologist and family therapist. Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or send to Ask the Doc, c/o The Gleaner Company, 7 North Street, Kingston. Responses to concerns are to be considered as general, as cases shared with psychologists privately would be queried more deeply. Pray always.