difficult child never was rx'd medications for adhd and never had the diagnosis. I know nothing about the typical medications used for adhd but I'm wondering about the effects they would have on a kid who takes them off the street - who knows what dosage they took- when they didn't have adhd. Really, what I'm wondering if difficult child's major issues might have been the result of taking these medications- maybe he's been getting them from other kids for several years. Remeber his pattern? Good in the summer when the only other kids he was around were kids at the YMCA or summer day camp and unl,ikely that other kids would be handing out or trading medications. But once school had been in session a while, he'd start acting different, then be full-blown difficult child in late winter and early spring- when school district's are gearing up for standardized testing. I thought it was the typical difficult child pattern, and maybe that's still just it. But every kid he was hanging around during those periods since he was in 5th grade was on adhd medications. And were boys that probably would sell some of the medications to difficult child- or trade them. Would they think of that in 5th grade (still in elementary school) and at 12 yo? Would they make difficult child act like a difficult child? It sure might explain the sleeplessness. What about moodiness and raging?