All of you parents are to be commended for your tenacity and transparency! Thank you for letting me learn from you for over a year. I think I have finally figured out what may be going on with our girl (8 & 1/2) just by reading things on here. I believe she has cyclothymia (sp?) but Kaiser won't diagnose until age 10. Her psychiatric has recommended risperadol but my husband is against it. She has NO friends, obsesses about sex and swear words, morbid and macabre thoughts, is irritable and defiant. The rest of the time she's LOVELY! (haha) Seriously though, it is really affecting our 6 year old and he's ultra-sensitive and has meltdowns at school if anyone even looks at him the wrong way, he is battle-weary. I am doing well actually all things considered. My husband (who happens to be a mental health professional) isn't doing so well. I think he really doesn't want it to be bipolar so is in deep denial. Here is the confusing part: Noone in our immediate family (that we know of) is bi-polar. So is that even possible? As I read on here it seems that almost every child with cyclothymia has a close family member with bipolar. Any input would be great. My girl is currently on prozac for depression. Has been diagnosis'd with ADHD (I disagree) anxiety, depression and ODD. My husband is on prozac as well, I probably need something too (kidding) Our son is the happiest kid on the block. Started reading The Explosive Child thanks to all of you! Any input would be greatly appreciated.