So he will actually be 11 next week. The biggest change is that since this school year started, he is very very emotional, especially at bedtime. He cries every night when it's time for bed. It's not the "I don't want to go to bed" kind of cry. It's like a sadness. He starts to analyze his life and says things like "5th grade is too hard and I hate 5th grade", "I hate my life", and things like that. Mind you, we just got is report card and he has straight As, is in the GT program, Lego robotics, and our family life is really awesome.
He is the oldest of 4 and I think he puts too much pressure on himself to be the "perfect one". His 9-yr-old brother is known as "the crazy one", but also really gifted.
He cries at random things and yesterday told me he hated me just because I asked him to watch his sister at the playground, so I could conference with his teacher. When he was so upset, i told him he didn't have to. I know part of it is hormones, but I'm worried about deppression.
I talked about his emotions with his teacher and she is a little concerned, but in school she sees a happy, very popular boy, who seems to love to be there. He was just voted by his classmates to get an award and he has a lot of nice friends.
I know from experience that things can look great on the outside, but be falling apart on the inside. We do have depression in our family (me) and my aunt who committed suicide.
I'm worried that the nighttime sadness is depression. For me, it started when I was 11 and my biggest fear is that this will go unaddressed.