Hi Everybody! I just found you today and am happy to have found you. My difficult child is 14 and has High-Functioning Autism (HFA) (high-functioning autism). I can deal pretty well with all of it but since he hit age 12 he has decided the way to deal with the world is by brute force. With DEX not around anymore I have had to be pretty creative in handling his aggression. But I am wearing down and have decided to add something to his medications which are currently 8mg risperdal + 54mg concerta daily. His psychiatric is recommending Depakote, I am seeing him this Thursday to discuss ... but I would love to hear from the warrior moms and dads in the trenches too. Thank you for taking the time to post, and I look forward to getting to know you all ... I do have lots of experience after 14 years and hopefully can contribute too once I am thru this current crisis! lol!!