Hi friends, It's been a while. I've come back hoping to find some possible solutions for dealing with an out of control almost 17 year old difficult child who is now a junior in High School. Time is running out. We've had a rough 6 months. Summer was difficult trying to switch around medications and behaviorally just going downhill. I need support for setting stronger limits and surviving the meltdowns and tantrums that come with each one. Oh and this summer he did an online course to make up failing English and guess what? He failed again. My new nickname for difficult child is MC. I had to establish a new account because I no longer have the email associated with my old one. Where to begin. There are too many concerns to list. Currently the biggest obstacle is anything related to screens and getting through school. Last year MC started exhibiting avoidance behaviors and leaving school. The almost daily "your son or daughter has missed the following periods...". Too early in the school year yet but expecting the "your son or daughter has a D or F in one or more classes" next. At this point living independently seems like an impossibility. The anxiety is so bad that not only won't he leave the house but if someone enters it he hides. He won't go out to dinner with family or leave his comfort zone for which seems to be diminishing daily. When he was younger it was so much easier to just haul him into the car and enforce his participation in life. Now he towers over me and outweighs me by 100 pounds. Current diagnosis: ADHD, Tourette's Syndrome, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Twice evaluations have ruled out Autism but I don't believe it. I blame the new criteria associated with the new DSM classification. I think for a while I'll just read to try and learn what seems to be working for everyone. Thanks for still being here.