All of our questions about whether the Risperdal was helping or not have been answered today. Yep, was doing something. difficult child has now put us in crisis mode. His behavior is back to where it was when we admitted him into the inpatient unit this summer. We made an emergency call to the psychiatrist who said giving him Risperdal again is not safe considering the side effects. He gave us a prescription for Abilify. psychiatrist said we should see aggressive behavior gone by immediately. I gave him his first dose this afternoon. Knocked him out for a couple of hours, but he is back to his old tricks this evening. husband and I can't take our eyes off of him because he will destroy something or throw something. We have a baby in our home who we need to protect along with an easy child who is 8. How long do I wait for the Abilify to kick in. We have 10 more days of inpatient care from our insurance, but I would really like to keep him home. As of right now, he's not stable and he's not safe. My heart is breaking.