6 year old niece with OCD and anxiety threatening violence
My almost 6 year old niece has been diagnosed with OCD and anxiety and low self-esteem. She is extremely intelligent but as far as we know does not fall on the autism spectrum. She's always been very strong willed, but the older she gets, the worse her tantrums have become. She now blatantly "talks back" to her parents, disrespects any authority figure, and when her tantrums are especially bad, she will say she wants to die and threatens violence. One really bad tantrum I witnessed, she was kicking and screaming and saying she was going to "break" her mother's car and cut it with a knife. Is this normal? No 6 year old I've ever known has ever threatened violence when upset, and I'm very concerned for her. There is a history of mental illness in her maternal grandparents, and I worry she could be showing signs of something serious. Her parents are not violent with her, nor do they yell unnecessarily, and she's not allowed to watch violent TV or movies, so I don't know where this could be coming from. She is in counseling for her OCD, but I don't think her mother is bringing up her daughter's violent threats. Is this something we should be worried about?
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