And I have to say, I'm not at all surprised about it. Let me start off by saying that I had therapist pegged all wrong. That's what I get for ruminating when I'm not in the best of moods. therapist had me come into that session because she wanted to see how difficult child interacts with me. So, she thinks difficult child has Borderline (BPD). And I have to agree. I've seen it coming. I've seen strong characteristics since she was 7. I think I always knew it was going to be diagnosis'd. She's kind of young for the diagnosis, but it is soooo blatant. But, it's a different thing to hear it from a professional than it is to have it in the back of your mind. I asked her if she's too young for DBT and she said no, but we didn't get any further into that. therapist asked me a lot of questions - history - and then asked me questions from...actually, she was reading from The Bipolar Child. Anyway, she thinks difficult child is bipolar as well. I don't really agree with that. I think it's depression mixed with Borderline (BPD) that gives the look of bipolar. However, I need to make an appointment with a psychiatrist. She recommended one. I told her I wanted to start with Lamictal. She said that it's a powerful drug. I told her that I was aware, however it has a better side effect profile than other mood stabilizers and works better on the depressive end, and she agreed. Plus, I take it and tolerate it and we need to look at genetics. She was impressed by my knowledge of the various disorders and medications. As you all know, when you've walked in our shoes it's just a given. I don't know if I can get difficult child to take the medications, though. That will be the hard part. therapist said she's going to approach it by talking about preparing to return to regular school next year and her anxiety. We're not talking to her about the diagnosis's yet. difficult child will flat out refuse it and will most likely refuse therapy at that point. She wants to see me alone again after she sees difficult child the next time. So, therapist had/has difficult child pegged. difficult child wasn't fooling her or manipulating her a bit. I also gave her the name of the board for parents of other children she sees. She was impressed by what I told her and wrote the name down. So, that's that. I'm kind of numb, drained, sad, tired....just a mixture of emotions. Oh, and apparently therapist had told difficult child that she wants to meet with me alone. difficult child conveniently left that out. I told therapist that I didn't tell difficult child I was coming because difficult child would see it as a betrayal.