Hello all! This is my response to my husband's suggestion to find a counselor-join an online support forum. Well, the short of the long is my son is 15, ADD, ODD, and possibly manic bi-polar. I, like so many of you from what I have read so far, am at my whit's end. My son has been to court 3x's so far this year and we are going for #4 with a possession charge (pot) and more theft. Believe it or not, my biggest issue is dealing with him without causing mental upset to his 8 year old brother. Thank goodness the two are as different as night and day, but it does make it difficult to keep things from spilling onto the younger one. The eldest will more than likely do time in the juvenile Difficult Child this go around and while that is not the picture I had in mind when I had him, I have to be honest and say that I am looking forward to the peace and quiet. I will not have to lock everything up with the pad locks like I do now when I go to work. I will not have to wonder if he stayed in school or if I will get a phone call at work because he is MIA. I will not get threatened nor will the little one and I have to endure the verbal abuse that seems to be a daily thing around here. It is nice to see so many posts from parents that have also done the years of counseling, therapy, drugs, intervention, legal involvement, and whatnot. I feel as though I can finally talk to someone who truly understands where I am coming from. I look forward to using my new found sounding board while satisfying the part of me that wants to help others by responding to some of your posts. Thank you!