I have an almost 6 year old that has been out of control/angry/defiant since birth -- I have spent almost 6 years spending every day trying to help him "be rational and calm his body down." I would love for him to be a friend someday -- and have a friend. And I would love for our youngest child not to grow up in a home filled with meltdowns, stress, screaming and tension. I know you all have SO been here. After years of specialists, doctors, neurologists, teachers, neighbors all saying "something is up," no one is quite sure what, exactly, is up. I am now (after years of cancelled appts) taking him to a child psychologist, would you mind sharing with me what to expect? I don't want to talk about my son in front of him...and I am curious about the medications. I have avoided them for almost 6 years but I know they could help my boy...and my family. A cousin (with two kids helped very much by medications) visited and commented that my son would be able to "take a breath" if he had medication to teach him how to remain calm...pleasant...not so angry. I have always known at some point we would need to explore this option. Until you are a parent,you sure never think you will walk in these shoes. I have a full write up on my son's history, so I don't have to drag my son through the stories of flights, anger, etc Does the doctor write out an rx same day or is it something that gets discussed during many visits to reach a decision? It is a huge decision for us - but one I am ready to try. Thanks for sharing your experiences - especially about how medication gets discussed and prescribed at age 6.