This weeks update. difficult child has been on 25mg zoloft for almost a week now. We are supposed to up it to 50mg after two weeks, depending on how he is reacting to it. I know its early, but he does seem to have is spirits lifted some, and when he gets angry/mad, he doesen't stay that way nearly as long. We were up front with him and told him that the medicine was supposed to get him out of his "funk" and help him to get over his sadness/bad moods. We met with the Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) for the fourth time yesterday. He actually almost smiled in the meeting. Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) said keep doing what we are doing. Reward him for good behaviour, punish hime for bad behaviour (not physically), and keep it consistant between us. I need to work on being "less dictatorship" and the wife needs to work on being "more strict". Someone mentioned difficult child may be on the high end of the autism spectrum. I don't know, but to me, he doesn't really show any of the Autism symptoms. He loves playing with other kids that he knows. He doesn't have many "close" friends though. He doesn't have any repetitive "quirks". When he was younger he wouldn't seem to look any adult in the eye, but he doesn't have a problem with it now. About the only thing he is obsessed with, is his play station. He had it all weekend, and really didn't play it as much as he usually does. It was a beautiful weekend, so he spent a lot of it outside. When I read the different symptoms of ODD, it nails him to a "T". * Negativity - Very Common * Defiance - Very Common * Disobedience - Very Common * Hostility directed toward authority figures - Not so much hostility, just defiance * Temper tantrums - Never * Argumentativeness with adults - Very Common, but almost always complies after arguing * Refusal to comply with adult requests or rules - Sometimes * Deliberate annoyance of other people - Very Common * Blaming others for mistakes or misbehavior - Very Common * Acting touchy and easily annoyed - Rarely "touchy" but he is very easily annoyed * Anger and resentment - Very Common * Spiteful or vindictive behavior - Uncommon * Aggressiveness toward peers - Never * Difficulty maintaining friendships - Uncommon * Academic problems - Good grades & Very smart, but thinks "smart people are geeks". * Anxiety - Seems to have anxiety, but hides it well * Depression - Happens in "spurts", not constant. difficult child seems to be obsessed with having a "bad boy" image. I attribute that to wanting attention from others. The episode that sent us to the Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) was when he got caught at school sniffing a marker, setting off a stink bomb, having a thing of "spanish fly", and carrying a big wad of cash. All this happened in one day. The stink bomb was his, and he said a friend showed him how to sniff the marker. He had seen the spanish fly in a restroom and bought it (why, I have no idea). All this was "someone elses fault". Thanks for listening..