Hi, I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm new here, I'm so glad to have found a place where people will understand my struggles! A little about me: I'm a stay at home mom/foster mom of 4 great kids. 2 are mine, 1 is a foster child (but has been with us a long time, so DS in my heart), 1 is an adopted child. My struggle is actually with my bio son. He's 5 and we're in the process of getting him accurately diagnosis'd so he can get help. His preschool told me in January if we didn't get him a diagnosis of some sort that he would be expelled from primary school before Christmas break...kinda tough to hear. It's funny, we've been foster parents for a while, and it is easier to find and get services for our foster kids who are on Medicaid than our bio kids who have private insurance. I needed to get both DS & FS an appointment with a psychiatrist, and FS they got in within 2 days, DS had to wait 2 months So I'm navigating the land of diagnosing a 5yo with some kind of mental health disorder. The psychiatrist won't actually give us a diagnosis right now (he said he will before the end of the school year). I saw on his computer when he left the room for a minute that he has DS listed as ODD, ADHD, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), and possibly bi-polar. There were several other things listed, but I was afraid he'd see me peeking and turned the monitor back. He started him on Risperidone on 3/8. It's done nothing for him. I don't know how long it takes to work, it was supposed to help with his rages which occur 10-15 times/day and seriously impact our ability to function outside the home. Thanks for any advice or kind words you can give me. It's been a rough day, with him raging for most of it. We have to go pick up our oldest 2 from a birthday party in about 20 minutes and I'm not looking forward to the cycle starting again.