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A 30-year-old female asked:

How do you explain to people that my autistic bipolar 5year old daughter will kill small animals when upset or having a behavior.?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 32 years experience
Bipolar: Kids with bipolar illness tend to have aggressive tendencies and cruelty to animals is one sign of indiscriminate aggressive acts with lack of remorse. Discuss this with her therapist for advice.
Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
It's difficult: I have treated many very disruptive children over the years and it can be extremely trying and frustrating for parents to know how to handle each instance. I am sorry to hear about your daughter. I am also sorry to say she must be kept away from small animals and small animals must be kept away from her. Sadly, there is just no way to explain this particular behavior of your daughter's to others.

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