Each day seems to bring an increasingly finer-tuned picture for difficult child 2's mental landscape -- I am very encouraged by the Depakote. psychiatrist said it was okay to add low dose stimulant now to address the focus, inattention, hyperactivity. We've got Daytrana on hand here for difficult child 1 so he told me to try a 20mg patch. I opted to use 10mg to start, and difficult child 2 responded really well to that, so I think we'll stick with it (no pun intended). difficult child 2 has been at an outdoor day camp this week (the kids build wooden forts and play in the water and mud all day) and is functioning soooo much better than I thought he would: back in June, I was panicking at the thought of him there with a hammer in his hand and the possibility that he could be provoked. He told me yesterday that some kids were teasing him with name-calling and that he got angry, but that he decided to hold it back and not yell or hit anyone!!! If you'd seen him in June you'd know what a HUGE thing this is for him! Another sign the Depakote (and possibly the Daytrana) is working came today, when he told me that sometimes things just pop into his head and although he thinks he might want to say them out loud, he just doesn't because he realizes that he doesn't have to talk about everything he thinks about. "It's sort of weird," he said. The fact that we came from him having diarrhea of the mouth and saying that his head was like a beehive full of hyperactive bees (his thoughts) at the end of June to THIS (feeling in control) is truly amazing!