I've notice over the last 6 weeks or so a general uptick in difficult child's defiant behavior. I tell him to stop calling his brother names, or to leave his brother alone and his reply to me, "I don't have to listen to you!" I told him about the incident a few weeks ago where difficult child hit and slapped me, and how he just seems to be on a general downward spiral. He's still really great in school, started on the track team, which he still seems to really like, but it's just at home that he's not doing as well as he was a few months ago. I asked if he thought an increase of his medications might be in order because he's been growing SO fast (I went through three pairs of sneakers in one calendar year because he grew so fast. The things were barely worn out before he needed new ones!). So, psychiatrist said to increase the medications and I made an appointment for difficult child for the first morning appointment I could get him, which is April 30th. Of course when husband told difficult child that I had spoken to the psychiatrist and that we were increasing his medications his first questions was, "What did mom say to him?" He is worried that I told the psychiatrist about the night that he punched and slapped me (which I did!) because he doesn't want anyone to know about it. It hurts his feeling that we talk about it and in his mind it's over and done with, so why do we have to talk about it? Sorry, kid. It doesn't work that way!