Hi there. An introduction and seeing if this would be a good place for sharing our story. I have a daughter who's been diagnosed with atypical mood disorder, anxiety disorder, ADD (which I don't believe) and we're still thinking possibly bi-polar or depression. She's been tested for many things but have no other absolute diagnosis. Current medications: all allergy/asthma related. Took her off all the anti-seizure and ADD medications. She's 11, but the equivilant of maybe a 7-8 year old emotionally and acedemically. She's been in an LDSC classroom since the second grade. In the last 3 years she's been suspended 3-4 times for behavioral issues. (Once for biting the principal.) There was one day when the nurse and social worker had to hold her arms and legs down on the bed in the nurses office because she couldn't calm down. They threatened to call an ambulance and have her sent to the hospital. I brought her home, left her to calm down on her own and she was fine within 5 minutes. Principal said she was looking for attention and that I was feeding that. I hope you can believe me that my daughter is not doing this for attention and having someone say that to me was shocking. We also believe she's clinically a cleptomaniac since the age of 3. She's been in and out of therapy since the age of 5 depening on insurance coverage. We found out the hard way this year that the current coverage is worthless. She has been very well-behaved so far in 6th grade (I'm still seething over that decision in the IEP to move her forward) but she's already gotten 2 detentions for incomplete homework and being unorganized for class. (organization has never been her strong suit) There are times that I see her as a pre-teen but giving her too much responsibility isn't a good idea. My journey has been difficult since being pregnant with her. I don't feel as connected to her as I do my son. And this year in May she got a fungal infection in her hair follicles and lost 95% of her hair. Luckily, most students and other people don't ask or tease so she's been fairly comfortable without a bandana on. Does anyone know of an agency that could help with the costs of therapy?? I feel like such a failure when i can't get her the help she desperately deserves. I'm also looking for a local group so I can share my challenges we have with her and get some ideas on how to cope better and some better ways to deal with her "tantrums". ok, and a stupid question....what is difficult child?