Well, I finally got a psychiatric appointment for difficult child. The problem is the earliest I could get him in was August 13. So he had a paediatrician appointment on the 11th and a psychiatrist appointment on the 13th. So I guess we wait for 6 weeks. Ugh. The other option is to go see a psychologist on July 10th - the only problem is they can't prescribe medications if needed and the psychiatrist that they deal with comes into town (from the USA) once every 6 weeks and I have to pay out of pocket (probably $2500 +) for the assessment. So, I can pay the out of pocket if I have to but it would stretch the budget a lot and I'd rather have it covered under OHIP. The other concern is the psychiatrist and medication changes - what if we run into serious problems and our psychiatrist isn't due back for a month? Do you think I should bite the bullet and pay for the earlier appointment or wait the extra month and see the psychiatrist that is covered under insurance? In the meantime his mood seems to have lifted and he is behaving more normally again. I just don't know what to think about this boy. Is he just a PITA? Is he depressed? Is he bipolar? Is it the ADHD? Does he have Aspergers? Some answers would be really nice. He passed all of his courses which I'm relieved about. He went in for exam review yesterday and he said his English teacher was pretty ticked off that difficult child did so well on the final exam. His mid-term was a 78, going into the exam he had a 50 (ie. he did no work the last half of the semester and hardly showed up for classes) and then aced the exam to come out with a 62% average. He couldn't understand why the teacher was ****** - Ummmm.... because he wanted you to learn a lesson from your mistakes and instead you learned that it's ok to screw around and you can still pass the course. He got away with it because he is super intelligent and can memorize very easily. Anyway, he got up this morning, with some encouragement from me, printed off a bunch of resumes and is in town trying to find a job. Yeah!!! That's a positive. Yesterday one of his friends on FB told him she was going to commit suicide. He came to me freaking out so I checked out her FB page and it did seem like there were a lot of depressed song lyrics, postings etc.. So, I got him to find someone who knew her home number and he called her. She was acting very weird so he hung up and called back and spoke to her mother. He did the right thing and I was proud of him. Apparently, it was all a big joke - which difficult child did not think was very funny. So, we had a conversation about how serious that kind of thing is and how much it can worry the people that love you. I told him to apply that to our situation - although I don't think he has been joking about his suicidal thoughts - but I thought it would help him think about the pain he would cause the people that love him and about how much he has to live for. Anyway, I guess we wait and see and hope that he doesn't get out of whack on us again before his next appointment. And easy child finished school today and got awards for Responsibility, Leadership and Dance. Yeah for her! And her report card was pretty good too (for her)- although she is consistently 10 % points below the class average even with her IEP. Maybe next year will get better. We are off to the paediatrician on July 9 with her psychiatrist assessment and her report card to assess whether medications will help her focus and do better next year.