Hello- I am new to this group and I am wondering if you guys could give me some advice. I will try not to jump all over the place so I don't confuse you. My son- a twin, he is 10 was diagnosed with ADHD in 1st grade. He is a very loving, caring kid. He is sensative and he loves to cuddle. 2nd Grade (so 3 years ago) was a tough year, I almost pulled him out of school. His case manager was very insensitive but at the same time like to enable my kiddo. "Oh he doesn't know how to that"- she would always say that to me, him and his para's. We worked through it and i thought we had made progress to get past that. Since 1st Grade he has been on Adderall- He has been on many different does. Long acting didn't work- it made him nuts (he would hit his head and was just agitated all the time) Then we did short acting which seemed to work great for awhile. Then he started having more attention issues and "anxiety" symptoms. I kept telling his doctor but no one would believe me that my 8 year old had anxiety, they all thought I was nuts. Ok- then we tried concerta. That was a nightmare, he slept for like 5 hours but then was up the rest of the day! I took him off of that without hesitation. He is a kid that needs his sleep. So now in 5th grade. ah- sorry a lot of information. My husband I decided to take him off his medications this summer and in August we started him on a vitamin regimen his pediatrician suggested. (fish oil, Vitamin D and Vitamin B12)- this helped with anxiety symptoms but no this adhd issues. We took him off his medications partly because we wanted to cleanse his system, to see how he behaved but mainly because he is so small and didn't eat a lot. Throughout the summer he gained 8 pounds. SO then we decided to try something else. We put him on Ritalin in September- 5mg. (he is now on 10) and his psychiatrist finally listened and put him on an anti-anxiety medication. (Zoloft 25 mg) He is being defiant the last couple days (not all day mostly in the afternoon at school). Just little thing but still that isn't my kid. Saturday he will get an afternoon dose of his medications, just 5mg to start so we will see how that goes. SO my questions are.... 1. Have you noticed this with Ritalin in your kiddos? 2. Could it be the mix of Zoloft and Ritalin? 3. Are they on a special diet 4. HELP! what types of consequences do you use when they come home and have a bad day?