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Old 14th March 2012, 09:18 PM
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Severe mood disorder child -- sees demons?

Hello!! I am new to this!! I have a 10 year old son that started to show behavioral issues at a very young age (4). From the time that his behavior problems started, so did his stories of seeing demons and satan at night in his room. He is still seeing these things and I don't know what to do. The school he goes to does not believe him because of his other problems? He tells me that demons are tormenting him at night. I don't know where to turn!!! Can someone offer me so help!!!!
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Old 15th March 2012, 08:12 AM
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I'm puzzled by your school's reaction. Do they think he's making it up to get attention? You don't have to believe he's actually being demonized to believe that he's having a terrifying experience.

I can think of 3 possibilities:

1) He's making it up
2) He's actually experiencing demons
3) He's having nightmares or some other experience that's real to him, even though no actual demons are involved.

As his parent you probably can make a pretty good guess whether he's lying. I'd assume probably not. In that case I'd start with a doctor. Is someone treating him for the mood disorder? If so, I'd think this would be something they should help you deal with. It sounds likely that what he's experiencing is connected with his other problem. Otherwise, I'd treat it as recurrent nightmares, keeping open the possibility that something real is going on, whether demons or something he's misinterpreting. There are ways to help kids deal with nightmares. Your doctor should be able to help suggest approaches. For that matter, there are ways to deal with demons, though very much doubt that's what is going on. I'd think you'd want to rule out physical causes, and then help him develop a coping strategy to deal with whatever is happening, probably with the help of someone who has experience or training in dealing with nightmares and other kinds of terrifying fear.

Is he taking any drugs? Drug reactions can cause some pretty odd side effects.

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He is on Wellbutrin and Abilify. He started seeing these things when he was only four years old. He did not start taking any medications until he was seven. His reporting of seeing these things has not changed. He is absolutely terrified to go to sleep at night and his doctors are not helping. I have brought it up to my pastor, but he has not taken it seriously either. I am not catholic, so maybe that is the problem? I just need to know how to deal with this and find others that have gone through the same kind of experience? I need to get my son the proper help!!

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He is on Wellbutrin and Abilify. He started seeing these things when he was only four years old. He did not start taking any medications until he was seven. His reporting of seeing these things has not changed. He is absolutely terrified to go to sleep at night and his doctors are not helping. I have brought it up to my pastor, but he has not taken it seriously either. I am not catholic, so maybe that is the problem? I just need to know how to deal with this and find others that have gone through the same kind of experience? I need to get my son the proper help!!

Thank you so much for responding!!
I'm not a parent, so I don't have any experience with this. My impression was that psychologists can help with nightmares. Maybe that's not exactly what this is, but I'd think it would be a starting point. Have you talked to any other doctors? Just letting the kid be terrified for 8 years seems like bad medical care. If he's not getting sleep that could cause all kinds of other problems.

This forum is low-volume. You might want to try one of the recovery forums, i.e. an area where people who have been through this are likely to be. I'm concerned that the right people may not be reading this. Christian advice probably gets the most readers. You'll probably get all kinds of response, some it off the wall, but at least you'd be more likely to reach someone who might have relevant experience.

As far as I know, there are only a few churches that do real exorcism. Personally I really doubt it's actually demons, but the Catholics supposedly do still have exorcists, and I'm pretty sure they would consider all other possibilities first. I guess if all else fails it's a place to start. Charismatic denominations would probably also take it seriously, but I can't say what they'd do about it. But I'd think a pastor who doesn't believe in demons would still want to do something about a kid living in terror for most of his life. How could someone not take that seriously?
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Does his behaviour wax and wane or is it constant? Does he appear to have OCD type symptoms?

I am fighting an ailment for my daughter that lead to her being terrified to go to sleep and suffering with OCD seemingly out of the blue. This many years later, you are probably fuzzy about some of early signs. My daughter has been recently diagnosed with PANDAS. Pediatric Autoimmune Neurological Disorder Associated with Strep. There is another similar condition that does not involve strep.

Either google the condition, or PM me if you wish to know of a forum where you can read up more on this condition if it at all sounds like it could fit your situation.
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[No you don't have to be catholic to help your child. I want you to know that I have and will be praying for your child. Two good websites to read would be bible knowledge.com and great bible study.com they talk alot about this stuff. I pray for you and your family. There is spiritual help out there. Do not give up hope.-QUOTE=felixtl430;60031834]Hello!! I am new to this!! I have a 10 year old son that started to show behavioral issues at a very young age (4). From the time that his behavior problems started, so did his stories of seeing demons and satan at night in his room. He is still seeing these things and I don't know what to do. The school he goes to does not believe him because of his other problems? He tells me that demons are tormenting him at night. I don't know where to turn!!! Can someone offer me so help!!!![/quote]

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Whatever you do, follow his doctors' directions regarding all medications.

On top of that, seek out a church that has a Deliverance ministry. That list includes Vineyard, many Assemblies of God to name a few. It is just prayer similar to Healing ministries.
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