Pretty recently, my son (6), during an outburst said something to the effect of “I wish I could drown” while in the bathtub and this was part of a huge outburst.
The outburst was brought on by a boundary being set that he did not like, such as needing to go to bed.
This is a newer trait and he did not learn anything about the idea of suicide from any one of us, but he seems to weaponize the idea of dying when he is mad. Needless to say, I was so shocked and broke down.
Does anyone else’s kid do this? Honestly, I feel so ashamed that it has come to this level and it is so isolating.
(My son is currently in behavioral therapy and on guanfacine. he will soon be trying methylphenidate instead, as guanfacine did not work and had adverse side effects.)