Please excuse the ramblings of this post. I'm hoping that this makes sense and maybe ya'll have some advice for me. difficult child is headed to his second appointment with psychiatrist tomorrow. I'm very impressed with psychiatrist, he believes that most decisions should be parent and patient lead and he is willing to listen to everything that we have to say. Last appointment., we talked about the fact that Risperdal is causing major weight gain and we are not sure if it is making a major difference in his behavior. The Risperdal was suppose to be a short term fix but has turned in a 4 month trial. He wasn't suppose to be on it long term and was suppose to be weaned while at the Residential Treatment Center (RTC). That didn't happen. difficult child is doing well but is anxiety ridden. psychiatrist gave us Buspirone. It made his anxiety worse. The plan was to get Buspirone on board, then wean off Risperdal and see where we are. That plan has changed due to side effects and we are at the same spot we were three weeks ago and truth be told the same spot we were three months ago. I know this is stupid to worry about but after this summer's events I would love to have a somewhat peaceful Christmas. I worry that messing with medications during this time of year is just being stupid. difficult child behavior is about 75% manageable. I know it will never be 100% but I worry about how much the anxiety is weighing on him. I hate to mess with medications, but the Riperdal side effects are very concerning for me. What would you do? Would you change things with the medications. right now? If we wean him off of the Risperdal, what should I watch out for? I know that if we find the right medication or medications for difficult child all of this will be worth it. With that in mind, I'm terrified of trying something new because so far we have had less than desirable outcomes. It's hard to know what is best when there are so many unknowns.