So--since April I've been tossing and turning regarding medications for my easy child/difficult child. He's always had issues, but not nearly as bad as difficult child so we've been less agressive in treating. Last spring we took him to an experienced psychologist. She saw symptoms of adhd/anxiety/mild depression. April 06 he took tenex for a few months to deal with hyperactivity/impulsivity/anger-some improvements but not really enough August 06 trialed straterra--serious stomach/eating issues so we discontinued September 06-April 07 Abilify 2.5 mg-not really good-increased anxiety anger issues etc. Started seeing a new therapist in March. He didn't even see the adhd mainly the anxiety/depression. He was having issues with anxiety some partial school refusal issues and quite uncooperative at doing new things. He does have outbursts at home--hits his brother and gets anger more than typical- School has alway been very good-no complaints- top of the class perfect report card (behavior too)--school thought this was his worse year ever--I think the abilify made him worse-concerns with writing and some reading comprehension ( I could not get him to read at night--this was new because in the past he'd like to read nonfiction texts/encyclopedias) Stopped all medications since April--school was happy they saw an enthusiastic child again--however he is very hyper and impulsive-doesn't want to sit and focus and do work. The anxiety is still there but not nearly as strong (the abilify made it worse). There is Tourette's Syndrome in the family and difficult child was just diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome so we are not trialing stimulants--We've been doing no medications, but he really is all over the place-- We were given the prescription for Zoloft in May--but have been waiting and waiting (I'm not sure what I'm waiting for, but I guess I'm worried that he could have some type of negative reaction to the zoloft !!!!) I gave him 25 mg last night and he is supposed to take that for one week and then up it to 50 mg. I hope that his hyperactivty is do to anxiety and this will help-- How long will it take for me to see benefits and/or negative side effects? I've heard some really horror stories about zoloft, so please keep your fingers crossed.