Impulse Control Disorders and ADHD
Urinating in inappropriate places?
First off, ew, I know! But my almost 8 year old, who I thought just had classic ADHD but now thinking it’s even worse, has been peeing in random places in our house for the past 6 months or so - that I know of. At first we thought he was doing it in his room while sleepwalking, because we believed him that he wasn’t purposefully doing it when we’d find wet spots (all on carpet, mind you). But then he finally fessed up one day when it was obvious and then I knew he’d been lying about all the other times. I ask him why he would do this and he just says he doesn’t know, he won’t do it again, or that he was just being “lazy” (his word). I mean, he’s going through the effort to pull his pants down, and peeing in corners of his room, or behind a dresser, his closet, the middle of the living room. It’s disgusting. And VERY hard to get rid of the smell. I’m so completely distressed by this, and feel like it’s just one more reason why I can never trust him.
He takes Ritalin twice a day becuase without it he can’t function in school, but this was happening before we started medicating him.
Has anyone else had an experience with this? What does it mean?? He’ll start seeing a psychologist next week. So I’m hoping that helps. I don’t know if he’s doing it because of the impulsivity, or to be defiant (it’s not at a specific time of day or anything that I can determine - very random), or because he’s upset about something? I don’t know. But this on top of everything else we deal with re his behavior is just too much. It breaks my heart because I’m constantly upset with him and I have a hard time enjoying his company. Plus I can’t trust him.
Any advice or insight is very welcome!!
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