Thought I would do a quick date on difficult child since I realized I never gave one after his psychiatrist weekend (at that point I was so upset with easy child's grades I forgot to post about difficult child) and had posted how manic and off he had been lately. At the appointment. we decided to try one last thing at home. difficult child's psychiatrist said that there is research that temporarily backing off on Lamictal can help get the hypo mania calm down. We went down to 400 mgs from 600 mgs. Along with that we made the decision that difficult child will be hospitalized on January 2nd if things are not improved. I have to say I was skeptical the reduction would help but it does seem to be helping. He is far from perfect but not as hypomanic as he has been lately. (At one point last week he was very angry and threatened to punch me and was able to say out loud that no he wasn't going to do it and he just walked away.) We do have to be on his medications like clock work. As soon as it starts to get close to time he starts get more manic like. I was quite pleasantly surprised at how well he did at my dad and his wife's on Sunday and this morning as well as how great he did with my mom. (Again not perfect but for difficult child we don't expect perfect.) Don't know if this will last but it's a nice break from what has been recently. I also don't know if we'll be able to avoid hospitalization in January as he still seems on edge; still it is nice to have something that is somewhat positive to post.