difficult child has been noncompliant with her medications for some time now. We've had the discussion about shutting her world down until she takes her medications, but knowing my difficult child I just really believe that would be counterproductive when she's already struggling. If her depression weren't "flaring up", I would probably feel differently. So, I took her to her pediatrician on Thursday. I called ahead and let them know that I needed some backup support. I told them how difficult child is sleeping, her various aches and pain and her gut issues. I explained that she was not medication compliant and I needed some support. Her pediatrician was wonderful. She explained to difficult child that just because you're depressed doesn't always mean you feel sad. She explained that she believes difficult child has a serotonin deficiency and the effects that has on the body, i.e., the increased sleeping, the aches and pains, and the effect on the gut. She explained that it takes about 4 weeks for the full effect of the SSRI to kick in, but that in the long run she really feels it will help difficult child. Initially, difficult child shut down and wouldn't say anything. But the doctor didn't rush her, just continued to explain and eventually seemed to get through to her. It really helped to have it coming from someone other than mom. difficult child has taken her medications 2 days in a row!!! Did I mention I love this doctor?!!? by the way, psychiatrist is the one that rx'd the SSRI, but she's too hard to get into which is why we saw the pediatrician.