Hi everyone, I'm new here and glad I found this site and hoping to learn a lot from the things I read and advice I know I will ask for along the way. I am no stranger to adhd and depression- both myself and my oldest have both. And due to my difficulties when my oldest was younger my dad ended up taking him from me and raising him so I didn't have much experience with dealing with his issues. And now, my youngest comes along, and boy what a handful. At 12 months I knew it was not going to be easy, and it hasn't been. I recently to him to a neuropsychologist and he's been diagnosed with adhd and odd, and I've been told that there is probably more to come but that due to his age, some of it won't be seen until he grows a little older. I'm struggling with this all. Most of the stuff I read online or in books is not meant for a kid his age, some of the stuff won't work on a 2 year old. I will be starting some therapy myself soon to learn new methods of dealing with him, although the doctor says that due to his high level of hyperactivity and impulsiveness, it wil only be marginally effective without some medication. I am not crazy about that idea due to his age, but I have to do something. His behavior is dangerous and exhausting. I have a great dog, let me tell you! My son has cut his ear with scissors, he bites the dog, kicks him, hits him, jumps on him while he's sound asleep and is just all around rotten to him at times... and they love each other dearly. My dog is a 7 year old pitbull I rescued when he was 9 months old from a very abusive background that included broken bones.. and for him to put up with what he does from this kid amazes me. They are inseperable! My son is also into electrical outlets, opening the front door whenever the mood strikes him and taking off outside, basically just whatever he wants. He wiped out an entire fish tank of baby cichlids I had been raising from eggs after climbing the book shelf and getting the fish food and dumping the whole giant container in the tank when I was in the bathroom. One fish survived the ordeal. I'm exhausted! He stays up until about 4 a.m. every day and from the minute he wakes up in the morning it is non-stop action-no naps or down time. I rarely get more than a few minutes to myself each day! if anyone has ideas of how to deal with things, I am open to hear them. I try to do craft projects with him and that is okay for a few minutes and then he destroys whatever we just made. I try to play with his matchbox cars with him, but that only lasts a minute. Reading is a joke, we get through about 1/2 a page. He is super intelligent and picks up on things quickly, but I can't keep him focused on anything. I have had a little success with gardening with him. He loves to plant the seeds. I've done some cat grass seeds with him so they would sprout quickly and he is loving watching it grow so fast. Sorry this is so long, I think along with introducing myself I also needed to vent!