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My DS, who will be 9 in October, has been refusing to go to bed at night, crying the whole nine. I ask him what's wrong, he says "nothing"....he's not sick, he's not scared, he's not agitated, he just can't sleep & cries that he "wants to go to sleep" & wants me to make him. I offer him a story, he refuses, I offer him a movie, he refuses. I tell him to read a bit in bed, that will make ANYONE sleepy, he refuses. I've said "stay up & watch TV if you want"...he refuses. He isn't scared of the dark, I offered a night-light, he refused that. Nothing, absolutely NOTHING is working. He's had at least 6 episodes of this nature in the past month. At first I thought it was something simple, like "just couldn't sleep"...we all have those nights, right? but...it keeps' repeating itself. I ask him over & over what I can do & "nothing" or "I don't know" is the consistent answer. He hasn't been eating differently, he's not doing anything differently, no new medications, nothing. Everything is the same.
This is the type of child that NEVER, EVER cries, literally, not even when he's sick & throwing-up. He's always been a wonderful sleeper & never complains, even if he has a temp or is truly under the weather.
I am starting to think that he's having anxiety attacks. He acts like he's besides' himself. He's been in counseling for over a year now. We are seeing a psychologist this week b/c I am "considering" medication but I don't know what else to do.
He's had a lot in his 8+ year's of life. Got an instant family at 4 (got married & had my step-son), then DH & I had 2 babies back to back in 06 & 07', then in 09', his bio-dad had twins, my DS is now officially 1 of 6 kids, but not all in one house. He's probably going through a lot internally speaking, and I get that, which is why he's in therapy, but I can't figure out what's going on w/ his sleeping lately.
I figured if he'd have an emotional breakdown it would be a while ago, but I guess anything is possible. I just don't know how to handle this b/c I hate to see him sad, crying & unable to sleep, but he's also keeping me up & I have 2 small children to tend too during the day.