My young difficult child was once dxd with Bipolar at around age 14. He also was in drug rehab by age 14 as well as having been kicked out of regular school in 8th grade for insubordination and sent to alternative school. We tried a school in Montana which he was kicked out of within 9 days. We tried homeschooling too. Last year, young difficult child was on probation for destruction of property in his bedroom. The probation officer gave a long list of requirements for him to fullfill along with a new psychological evaluation. Young difficult child managed to do all that was required and this year...in April, joined the Military. Yep, young difficult child, once considered Bipolar and possibly somewhere on the Autistic spectrum, along with drug use is now a success story. He called me last night and thanked me for every time that I ever sat beside him and listened to his troubles. He told me that I am his number one motivation for doing well in the Army and he also told me that he gets to have One Person pin his rope on him upon graduation in Ft Benning Ga come Aug 10th. He wants that "person" to be me. He told me to remember that I raised both he and his brother and that it was never about my parenting that was at issue...he said, "it was always about choice". Anyway, I just would like to hear more success stories from those whose children were once dxd with Bipolar and have gone on to accomplish the unimaginable. Seriously, for those who remember my young difficult child, it is amazing that he is maturing into the person he is becoming. I am SO proud!!! I don't log on very often these days but just can't resist telling as many as I can about the person my young difficult child is becoming...the "more than capable" young man he is becoming. What a relief it is to my mommy heart after all these years. I thanked G-d this morning as I made my bed just realizing how far he's come. Oh, by the way, young difficult child says that the 7 mile runs they do for PT really make him "feel good", "happy" he says. The endorphine levels must get raised enough that it is noticable to him. He said when he comes home for two weeks before being shipped to Germany and then likely Iraq that he will still want to get up early in the morning and go "run". Anyway, just reaching out with some hope to some of you who may be at your witz end and also reaching out for more "success stories" if you have them. Hugs and Care Lovemysons ...there is hope.