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my daughter is going through the smae thing. Here's what seems to make all the difference for me:

Make sure he's getting enough sleep. Mine need's 10 hours at night, and 1-2 hours during the day.
Make sure he's eating enough. 3 to 4 meals a day, and lots of healthy snacks! Lots to drink as well.
Get him outside. Take him to a feild and let him run. Take him to the pool if you like to swim and start getting him into it.
Be firm. It's hard when you are depressed (I suffer from depression as well), but once you get into the habit of being true to your word, it'll be much easier. When he is doing something that he shouldn't, take action. My daughter loves to screech at the top of her lungs when she doesn't get what she wants. I usually tell her to stop and that I'll leave the room or we'll go home if she doesn't. She may not understand all of what I'm saying yet, but she does understand that if she doesn't stop, I [B]will[/B] leave the room or take her home. It's the same with hitting. If she hits me, she can't sit with me or within hitting distance of me. She has to play alone for a few minutes. I started doing this a month ago and so far it has made the most difference. Just remember. [I]Most [/I] children at this age don't understand [I]discipline[/I] (a smack on the bottom, yelling, being "grounded', having privileges taken away). But they do need bounderies, and you have to try to enforce them!

Good luck!

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