I have not responded to any of the posts, or made any of my own in very long time, but I have come here and read off and on. I feel for so many of you and share in your heartaches and the daily grind in your homes! We are finally getting a bit of "relief" here ourselves, but our lives have been absolutely nothing compared to some of yours! We have had the issues with the food, defiance in answering when spoken to or just absolutely refusing to do what is asked, lying, taking things that don't belong to them, taking 4-5 hours to complete homework, not getting sheets signed and brought home from school, etc..... She was doing pretty well there for a bit, but we couldn't pinpoint what the cause for the recent back slide was. My husband came home for the adoption but had to leave again. Older bio sister was here with her fiance and baby, but they left about 3 weeks ago. husband also got a job back here 3 weeks ago and is home for good. So, back to weekly therapy we went. Also saw a psychiatrist on Thursday. He started her on Paxil for her depression and PTSD, and Ritalin for the signs of ADHD/lack of concentration doing homework, at school, etc.... I do have to say, I saw an improvement on the very first day!!! Don't know if it was the medications, but it is obviously something! She was very quick to respond to questions yesterday after school. Came right in and started homework. Asked her if she had her blue sheet and she DID! She had forgotten to get it from her 4th period teacher so it wasn't signed by 3 teachers, but hey... neither my husband or I said anything to her about getting it done that day! She did it all by herself! And when I asked her, I did not get the usual "look". Instead I got a very positive response from her. Any time that I called her, it was a response right off. She is talking..and responding! She did her chores with no problem... She also doesn't seem to be fidgeting as much, rocking her foot back and forth during dinner, etc.. OMG.. I am so happy! And I am happy for her because she seems to be happier as well! Now, to see if it continues! I really hope so! I have read some good reviews in regards to Paxel, but also read some not so good reviews as well. And I wasn't so sure about Ritalin LA either, but if it works!!!! Anyone have any experience?