This is my kid all over and over, especially the frustration & meltdowns. He has been diagnosed with ADHD but is not on an ADHD med, although we did consider it. He is on a very low dose of abilify, 2mg. He is very skinny so doesn't need anything stronger & I don't think I'd increase it, not at this point. It has taken the edge off his extreme emotional reactions & his behavior in school this year is vastly improved. He still seems to struggle with low self esteem & will often make comments that he's a "bad kid" & i don't know where that comes from, as I've never given him a reason to think that. He has an appt with an independent counselor this Friday, I'm hoping she can give us some insight into those thought processes. He much prefers to disappear into movies or video games, despite the fact that he's a strong reader & artist. When he does draw or paint, he tends to draw kids that are sad or mad.
Academically he is smart, when we can get him to focus on it & not be overly critical of himself. He does not handle pressure or timed exams well at all. Lately he has absolutely bounced off the walls at home. Some of his attributes (being sensitive & easily upset) we are trying to accept as just his personality, but I am glad he is seeing someone this week, just so we have another professional opinion.