My son is a shy and very moody little boy. While he can be quite the joy, he is often a daily challenge. If things don't go his way, he pouts and decides he just doesn't want to do anything. If he walks into a situation where there are other children or adults, he becomes shy and decides he doesn't want to be *there any longer. (*this may even be a play area that he really looked forward to, but because others are there, it becomes a different story).
Our doctor says he is definitely shy, but his moodiness is more about the need to control. Is this normal in a little 4 yr. old or do we have a potential personality issue on our hands?
The doctor says he is a very bright and articulate little boy and there are no "personality issues". I guess I just want to be reassured that this is normal and that he is not always going to be this difficult.
I nor anyone else can offer you the assurance you seek - it is not possible to predict the future. Now, having said that, his behavior does not invite serious concern. I basically agree with the feedback you received from the pediatrician. Be sure, in spite of your son's shyness, to continue to keep him 'in the mix' so that he gains ongoing exposure to peers.
I'm wondering if what you are asking is "does my child have an anxiety or mood disorder?". I think you will find your answer in "function" - can your son speak to both peers and adults in social situations, is he able to eat or play or learn, is he able to use the washroom, is he able to get help if required, etc. If you can answer in all of these sitations (and more) with a "yes", then your child will be fine (although a bit shy and perhaps a bit temperamental). If not, then return to your family physician and maybe you will need to ask for a second opinion. Hope this helps ....
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.