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Mon, Jan 31st 2000

We have a thirteen-year-old diagnosed bi-polar child that his currently on both therapy and medication. One particular area that we struggle with and causes major relationship problems is his inability to admit to anything that he is questioned about. You could have a video camera of our child committing the act and he not only completely lie, but try and turn it around so that you are the reason he is being questioned. For example: the other day he was asked in front of his teacher if he had all of his homework completed. His answer was emphatically YES. Later that evening he came out and said he had homework to do. When questioned why he answered he had no homework, he became very angry and starts to blame us because we did not specifically ask about today's homework and he meant he had yesterday's finished. He does this on any topic that he is confronted with and will not give up until it becomes a shouting match and he then get disciplined. Causing many family problems.....Don't know what to do???

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