This is Dr. David
yes, I agree it is time for him to see a child psychologist
he might be displaying symptoms of depression
he might have to go on a low dose antidepressant to help his symptoms.
his symptoms of being sad and uninterested in anything and not seeming to find enjoyment in anything sounds like depression.
medications like zoloft can be used in children to help fight childhood depression.
Would this also explain the anger and the need for everything being perfect and worrying about failing at anything?
yes, that could explain his behavior.
I had a brief conversation with the GP and he said to contact MIND - or should I investigate using a counsellor specialising in child behaviour?
you can start with MIND
but he will eventually need to see a child psychologist or child psychiatrist who can prescribe medication for him to help
would this be through a GP referral to the hospital?
yes, the GP doctor can refer you to a child psychologist.
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and your son
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