So I gave difficult child 2 his first dose of Focalin around 11:00 this morning. It took about a half hour for me to notice any difference. I was in the bedroom and he was out in the livingroom playing games on the easy child. He came into the bedroom and told me he was experiencing some anxiety. Then he asked me, "what does anxiety mean again?" I told him it means he is nervous about something. Then he said, "yes that's what it is. I'm nervous." I asked him what he is nervous about. He told me he had some anxiety about winning his video game. I told him it was okay to feel nervous sometimes. Them he told me his heart was beating really fast and hard. I wasn't surprised. After all, he is on legalized speed and that's what it does. Then he takes my cell phone and plugs it into the wall right next to me to charge it. Says he want to play games on my phone while it's charging. So he starts playing games and he starts talkin, and boy does difficult child start talkin! difficult child 2 by nature is NOT a talker. At school he is mute. He will speak at home but it's usually to ask for something to eat/drink, or to discuss something about his videogame (his obsession.) He was talking fast and he barely even took a breath. He talked about everything at random. It mist have been two hours of non stop talking. SO totally un-difficult child. He stopped briefly and asked me if I was bored of him. I told him no, he was not boring me and his talking was okay with me. He told me he was glad because he said he felt the need to talk to somebody, anybody really. Then he told me he didn't know why he felt so compelled to talk so much. Usually he's never like this and he knows it. I thought it was very mature of him to be self aware. So that was about it. A few hours later the effects wore off and he was asking me for something to eat. I am relieved. No psychotic episodes. No rages. No hallucinations. None of the side effects that happened with difficult child 1. The true test will be to see how he reacts at school. I don't know if it will help him focus. It's a lil hard to gage his ability to focus at home. Only his teacher can tell us that. Maybe his non stop talking will get him in trouble at school, I don't know. We'll just have to wait and see. For now I'm just grateful he didn't flip out on it.