Well Im not really sure where to begin. My difficult child is my 10 year old daughter. She was the sweetest, easiest baby ever. Not so much as an unnecessary cry from her. It seems like shortly after her first birthday she quit sleeping. And it just got worse from there. She has always been a very negative child, nothing ever made her happy. She has irrational fears of EVERYTHING (wont use the bathroom with the door closed, wont stay in any room if the door is not open, worries about everything). In first grade we had some issues at school--she would refuse to do her work. I had meeting after meeting with her teacher and it never seemed to get any better. Everything was fine in 2nd and 3rd grade. 4th has been the worst year yet. She is in in-school suspension on almost a weekly basis, usually for insubordination. She was suspended out-of-school the last week of April because she had been in trouble so much during that month that there were no other options (or so the school claims). She sees a counselor right now. The intake worker for the counseling agency diagnosed her ODD with anxiety. She sees her counselor every 2 weeks. We have constant battles at home. Well almost constant---every so often she has good days. Days when I wonder what happened to my difficult child because its like having a whole new child in the house. She is helpful, moderately happy, and nice. The downfall to this is she talks, and talks, and talks non-stop!!!! Our battles range from asking her to complete a simple task and she goes into meltdown mode. She starts with huffing as she walks away, mumbling under her breath. When you repeat the request she breaks down in tears and starts in with how unfair her life is and what a horrible person I (or her Dad) is. Her trigger could be something so simple as her brother or sister walking by and saying something to her---she will hit/push/pinch them. When confronted about it, she denies it. Nothing that she does is her fault. She lies about everything!!! She was just referred to a Child Psychologist but we do not have an appointment yet. I cant wait to meet with them--I want to have her further evaluated because I do not think ODD is the true problem. Or at least not the only problem. Im sure I could go on for a lot longer--but I will stop now as this is already long enough. Please ask any questions and I will answer them to the best of my ability.