Hello eveyone. I hope I do this right? I have a question about our difficult child son who is eight. We finally seem to have his mood stabilized on the Lamictal and better impulse control with the Concerta so I feel like he is functioning "somewhat normal", but he hates affection. As parents we can not touch him in a loving way, no hugs, absolutely no kisses, not even kind words, he gets really agitated and angry if we do. He has been this way since he was an infant and I didn't know any better because he is our first. I thought that when we had him more stabalized this would improve. So, I guess my question is, is this normal for a child with BiPolar (BP) disorder?, is there a name for this? Does anyone have any experience "breaking through" with some kind of therapy? I just feel like for the last 3 years we have been so concerned with getting a diagnosis and stabalizing his mood and depression that this aspect of his disorder has been on the back burner, but I feel like there is no emotional connection or real transfer of love that can take place and I don't want just chalk it up to "his personality". My husband doesn't seem so worried about it. Anyway, thanks for listening. I think this is a place I really need to be.