It has been awhile since I have posted. difficult child was prescribed Vyvanse 30mg months ago, has only taken them spottily. Four weeks ago, at her insistance she didn't need medication so our psychiatrist gave her a three week trial off the medications (that is a whole interesting story in itself - psychiatrist tore up the script in front of difficult child with sent her into a fit, her accusing the psychiatrist of being mean). difficult child went back to the psychiatrist this week and said she wanted to start taking the vyvanse again because she thinks it was actually helping her. Unfortnatley, one of her side effects from vyvanse is irritability so the psychiatrist started months ago prescribing something with it but difficult child refuses to take it because she is irritable and that is who she is and it is our problem not hers. medication was lexapro - difficult child said she didnt like it after taking it twice in three days. psychiatrist now prescribed tenex. When she changed the medication difficult child got all argumentative saying that she was irritable and that was just who she was and we needed to get over it and blah, blah, blah...why aren't we on medications, etc...actually ran out of the psychiatrist's office. psychiatrist told me that until we get the irritablility under control it was going to be very hard to work with her. bottom line, difficult child won't take the medications...she "forgets", isnt home, it doesn't fit in her schedule, etc. We told her she could keep them in her room to take so she won't forget, offered to give her a pill box with dosages for the weekends when she stayed at friends (which is pretty much the norm right now), and would have the pharmacy make up a small bottle I could give to teh school nurse in case she forgot at home. The school won't allow the kids to have tylenol in their possession so allowing her to keep some on her all the time isn't possible. I am gonig to be very honest here, I am at the point I can't deal with her temper outburts, namecalling, general disregard for anything she's been asked to do, etc. She needs to try to be on these medications to see if they will, in fact, make a difference. Only then can we try something else, or not. She needs to get the irritability under control because no one in our home wants to be around her anymore because we just don't know what will set her off (therapist says she has some depression, anxiety, too, so that could be irritability too). therapist also says shes ambivilent about the medications in general. I thought I saw the light at the end of the tunnel when she admitted that the vyvanse was helping her with school. Now she doesn't want to take the Tenex to help with the irritability. Our family doctor, who is very teen friendly, actually tried to talk to her about it and I thought he was getting through about the irritability thing. Help! What have you all done to get your teens to take their medications? All I want is for her to give it a try so we can start to work with her. We can't even talk to her without having her get angry or annoyed or accusing us of just starting problems where there aren't any over the tiniest stuff! I am at my wits end. Is it wrong to refuse to do anything for her until she starts trying the medications? I mean, we've been at this for nearly 4 months with no baseline to even begin from. She'll be 18 at the beginning of summer so time is running out for us to excercise our parental cajoling on this.