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My 8 year old tells me she doesnt know why she feels upset

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My 8 year old tells me she doesn't know why she feels upset all the time. She gets angry and shouts at her 5 year old sister and says that everyone hates her. She says she is happy having no friends. She is very intelligent and has a reading age of 14 and a maths level of 14 and would rather read than mix. Where do I start?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 4 years ago.
Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.

Thanks for this excellent question

Has she always been like this?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

It seems to be every few weeks. we are in the process of moving house but not school and it is coming to the end of the term at school.

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 4 years ago.
Have you gotten her into counseling for anger/depression?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

No I wasn't sure if it was necessary

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 4 years ago.
I think it is to discover why she is having anger outbursts

Her intellect and her reading are probably just her personality but she needs help dealing with the anger

Sometimes very bright children get picked on in school and that might be causing this.

I would simply start by seeing a counselor to explore these issues further Nicola.

I hope this helps.

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Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 4 years ago.
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