Our expert says:
Clear bipolar disorder at that age is uncommon, so I hope the diagnosis has been made after proper assessment by a child psychiatrist.
Pakslae are understandable attempts by parents to regain control of such situations, but NEVER improve discipline and behaviour. If you can get access to DSTV, check out their series on BBC World, Channel 40, like Supernanny, which ilustrate beautifully simple ways in which behaviour can be transformed in such kids. A local child psychologist ought also to be able to help plan such a system for you.
Maria's suggestion is useful. Sadly, there are far fewer such facilties in SA than we need.
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