Posted by: Aunt who cares | 2006/07/28


niece is violent

I have a seven yr. old niece that we all love very much. She has 4 other siblings. She is violent and we do not know what to do. When she was three was when we noticed that she liked to hit people especially the babies - of course we assumed that it was a phase that she was jealous of the new babies. Well it has never stopped and now in fact it is getting worse. She seems to enjoy hurting people and herself, like it's fun. She also likes to hurt someone and blame it on someone else and watch them get punished for what she did. She has actually laughed about it. I really feel bad for my sister, who is very scared that her daughter has a mental issue or that she may need some serious help that we as a family will not be able to provide. Any suggestions???

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This could be due to a form of epilepsy called temporal lobe epilepsy. Other more serious causes such as brain tumours in the frontal lobe of the brain can also cause this. Please have her seen by a paediatric neurologist as soon as possible.

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Posted by: Abby | 2006/08/01

Awc: It would be very interesting to hear the outcome of this. I hope you are able to take this to the next step, and deal with it. It seems like you are part of a supportive and concerned family, so between you I'm sure you can beat this.

Could you let us know what happens?

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Posted by: Abby | 2006/07/31

Awc, I think you need to stop feeling scared about this, and act. She needs a psych assessment. Its of long-standing (already more than half her 7 year life); she doesn't seem to feel sorry for what she does; she doesn't seem able to learn from experience. She hurts herself as well as others. Its getting worse, so it's no passing phase.

The only thing I'm not sure about is whether this happens only in the family or in other situations as well, like school or with friends.

She needs to see a clinical psychologist specialising in children or a child psychiatrist. A psychologist would probably be less expensive, but you need to grab hold of this before she gets into big trouble.

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