my 6 year old is being evaluated for pediatric schitzophrenia, and from what I have gleaned from google, it appears to be at least part of his diagnostic profile. that or ASD/ ODD, but that feels incomplete for what we're dealing with.
he is very introverted, to the point of attacking people who try to engage him. he has bizarre, terrifying, unprovoked rage fits. he spends days on end in his own little world, and no one can reach him. he deliberately hurts and torments the cat and dog, his older brother, and other kids at school. he has no empathy, no remorse, a very weak comprehension of cause and effect, and no concept of right and wrong. there is so much more, but I think you get the idea.
is anyone else dealing with things like this? do you have any strategies or advice? I am exhausted and stressed out and feel so guilty because I secretly think that he's a monster, some of the time. it's hard to love a kid who fairly consistently tries to gouge my eyes out and destroy my stuff.
I've been told to call the police when he freaks out, at least so we have a record of his behavior. he's 35 lbs, so I can still control him right now, but I know that's temporary. using a pressure vest and/or a weighted blanket and/ or noise cancelling headphones can avert some of his episodes, but if I miss that window of time when they work it's just too late.
please tell me i'm not alone.