difficult child currently takes lithobid and depakote er full-time and is on risperdal PRN. For those who don't remember, he had been on risperdal for a short time and then I finally got him off but he's so sensitive to medications, that I had to titrate down VERY gradually. Anyway, there was so much going on that I can't remember what psychiatrist said risperdal is supposed to help with, other than complete mania. He wrote on the script that difficult child can take risperdal for anxiety or agitation. I'm wondering when exactly is the best time to use it and if I only use it for 2 days at a time, is it being used just to help him sleep? The idea is to prevent him going into full-blown mania or into major raging or extreme impulsivity. Even if it is used to help him get a good night's sleep and stay on schedule, there is something to be said for that although I would think there might be safer medications to use. on the other hand, if it turned out that a good night's sleep didn't solve the problem, he'd already be on his way titrating up on the risperdal. Anyway- for anxiety, or slight hypomania that lasts a couple of days, or raging that doesn't get out of control (he reeled himself in on his own), do you think these are the times I should give him a risperdal? I hate for him to be on it if he doesn't have to be- he gained way too much weight too fast and is very self-conscious about the stretch marks he is left with. We do plan to put back on the risperdal full-time during the months that difficult child has always been symptommatic. At least, that is the plan right now. I've told him some stretch marks will probably fade a little over time, since he's still growing. Does anyone know if he's going to be left with them all of his life?