difficult child has cycles of depression- in the past one of the tell-tale signs for him has been bending paper clips. It would happen right before and during other more serious signs so I learned to watch for it. (I would find them in his pockets doing laundry.) He has heard me mention this to psychiatrists and tdocs so I know he probably wanted to hide it from me from then on. But, now he's on a mood stabilizer. His periods of major depression have been during winter for last 2 years. This year, I'm not finding bent paper clips but am finding that he appareantly is "collecting" and hoarding them. I asked where he got all of them- they are different styles so can't just come from one box. He says he asks each teacher for a couple each day. When I do laundry, I'm finding handfuls in pockets of pants he's worn to school. Is this a reaction from trying to keep himself from bending them? Is it a bipolar sympton or effect of mood stabilizers? Is it the start of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?