I have been living in France for 18 months now, and I have only just now found out that visits to psychiatrists are reimbursed - that is, free. Went to dinner with friends who told me this and I've just checked it out on the net. That means that instead of the pretty well useless woman we have been seeing once every two months, we could see someone who might actually be able to make a difference for J. Curious thing is that I went to the doctor the other day (for my asthma), he asked me how J was, I said I felt I wasn't getting enough input with him and he said I could see someone in the private sector but of course it was very expensive. Very curious. J had a lovely evening, incidentally, playing with my friends' 12 year old boy (who is half Moroccan). They get on well and it was kind of sweet to see how attentive J was to his every word and anxious to do exactly as he said... maybe difficult children should be brought up by older siblings, not parents?