My son has been treated by a psychiatrist since he was 6 y.o. He has ADHD and ODD. Since he was put on meds when he was younger- he has always done well in school, in fact, he is in the gifted program and has a very high IQ. He first spoke of seeing people when he was about 8 y.o. He told his doctor about it (that's the first time I heard about it) and he said that it had been going on for some time. He said he can hear them trying to whisper to him but he can't hear the words clearly (when they whisper he says he gets chills all over his body). He doesn't always see someone when he hears the whispers. He sees blurry looking images of people (usually a whitish color blur) but he can tell it's a person. He says that he tries to ignore it because he knows it can't be real. Sometimes he will even come into my room and get into bed with me when he can't ignore them at night. I have started him on melatonin to help him sleep more soundly so maybe it won't wake him up as much. I think it might be helping.
It seems to be happening more often as he gets older. He has recently become afraid of mirrors, tv's and computer monitors (when they are turned off); he says he can see things in the reflection on the screens and so I have started covering them with towels when they are turned off. The doctor says that he is not crazy, does not have schizophrenia, or anything else. He is an awesome child, has friends, loves his pets and family and is overall a very happy child. This is one thing that is bothering him and I am not sure how to help him. I have told him to say out loud to them to leave him alone and to not bother him in his personal space. That he wants them to leave him alone and stop bothering him.
He has seen "people" in his room, walking through the house, at his Dads house in his room, and once saw one walk through the wall to the outside; and the whispers happen anytime- at school, at home, at the store.
Does anyone have any ideas to help him? If it is spirits that he is seeing- I don't want him to be afraid- I just want to teach him how to handle it better so that he is not afraid.