My situation is complex, involving CPS, limited court ordered consent for play therapy, a custody battle, an abusive X, a ds1 (11) who was/is abused by X and who has extremely violent rages only when he's with me, and has always been like this.
I'm preparing to go to court to get an order of consent for a full psychiatric evaluation for ds1. He had a psychosis incident last week and went after our hamster with a huge knife. (sharp objects are now all locked up).
I am an academic, so I have been scouring academic journals trying to figure out what's up with ds1. He's certainly reacting to the abuse and to having witnessed a life time of abuse (X and I only separated in Sept 2012) and to the ongoing hostility and stress involved as we co-parent. But his rages are beyond anything within the 'normal' range of a child reacting to those things.
He has had separate diagnoses of Anxiety NOS and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. Everyone gets hung up on the fact that he never acts up at school or at his dad's - just with me. But it seems like this is common among bipolar children. Ds1 also has extreme separation anxiety and screams or yells or cries often in this sleep. I've begun to wonder about PTSD.
Do any of you have experience with or knowledge of either? From your perspective, what do these things look like in kids? I would love to hear some btdt stories! Anything!
Thanks so much in advance.