So this was a big one without her. She has gained I think 17 pounds since starting Seroquel. She is pushing out of size 10/12. she is 7yo. Yeah I have heard the stories from parents and others about how much their kids have gained on various medications. But you know what? I would not do it to myself, so how in good conscience can I do it to my kid? When nation wide, they are shoving weight loss in girls faces everywhere? When we talk about weight loss even on this board? When girls commit suicide daily because of poor body image? Eating disorders? All of the horrible things other kids do to heavy kids? We eat healthy in our home, I watch her caloric intake, we exercise... I have kept track. It is the medications. So the option is to try something different, not let her depression get worse because it may be helping one aspect of her mood disorder, but contributing to making her worse for the rest of her life. Well our psychiatrist fully agreed! I love her. We sat and went over every medication, what the situation was when she was on it, how much, with what other medication, how long etc. The fact that we had no other supports in place, horrible Schools, horrible psychiatrist. All of this stuff comes into play on how well a medication may or may not work. Well K now has a great School, great therapist, great psychiatrist!!! But she can't start Lithium yet until she can learn to drink more water! Because where we live when it reaches 120 degrees the kid will go into shock. So that is our mission. I sat and went over why can't we try this and made her explain in all terms why or why not? Why do we HAVE to be on an AP, ( I know the answer). K hallucinates and has Psychotic episodes. So K gained the least amount of wait on Ablify, we only stopped it because we did not have a psychiatrist. We will revisit Lamictal and see how she does, she did really well on this as well, her last psychiatrist had her on so many medications on top of it that she was spinning. So we will go solo with it and go slowly. We will work on the water the whole time, knowing that if this does not work the next step is going to be the lithium. We have options for weight medications as well. We start all of this tweaking very slowly on March 1st. We have a very important trip to Mexico before that, to visit my Father. He has an illness that is incurable and we have no idea how long. He has lasted longer than they ever predicted. It may be 10 years, maybe 20? He is also moving to the states in the next year. So he would like us to see where he has lived for the last 10 or so years. All of these thing really make me aware that our move 6 months ago, more like our fleeing, was the right choice! While K is not stable by any means! She is still hallucinating. Things are moving forward. Our psychiatrist was telling us stories about her 21 yo BiPolar (BP) son. Awesome! The School is offering K services. They want to help her. They are thinking about putting her in TAG classes for reading, this would help her with anxiety and depression so much! We have such a long road and long way to go. But I have so much hope. yes financially the move is going to hit us for years, but the kids are worth it. Just wanted to share a pretty good story. Sorry my usual novel.