difficult child 2 left home 4 or 5 months ago and has been staying with various friends. The couple of times that I talked to him, he was just completely filled with rage and determined to live life the way he saw fit, which was partying. He had gone off his medications (they weren't the right medications) a few months prior and was in full denial of his diagnosis. He was manic/hyopmanic and definitely bordering on psychosis. He called me Sunday evening. As soon as he said "hello", I could tell a difference. The anger is gone. Maybe not completely, but he's more calm than I have seen him in years. He said he finally got his head out of his, erm, dark place, and wants to go back to therapy and back on medications - just not the ones he was on. He claims he quit pills a couple of months ago, but I only have his word to take for that and his word doesn't go very far. He asked to stay with me a few days to work out a plan. I'm sure it helped that he was told he had to leave the place he was staying at on his 18th birthday, which is in 8 days. So, he's calling the therapist tomorrow to schedule an appointment and then will get in with a psychiatrist. There is a part of me that wonders what the hell I am doing, but he's asking for help and he seems as sincere as I've ever seen and I have to give him the opportunity. There's always the door if he doesn't follow the rules. (And, yes, I hid my medications before I picked him up.) So...here we go one more time. Not sure how long he'll be here. The last time he said "a few days" it turned into a few months, but he's also not blaming his mom for everything now. I'm not in a hurry to put a time limit on it, though. I'll see how things go.