After working on getting an appointment. with a children's psychiatrist since last July, we've had two appts. this month and got an initial diagnosis of ODD/ADHD. I'm not surprised but it's great to have a confirmation of what I suspected and to really get the wheels turning in the right direction to help difficult child. husband, difficult child's teacher and I each had to fill out questionaires ahead of time and I thought it was interesting that when I compared all three of our questionaires we were all pretty much on the same page. I think that's a good thing. We'll get a full report in a couple of weeks. difficult child's teacher wrote a two page note about things that happen in her classroom and how they're handled. How difficult child interrupts her class a lot. How she is impulsive with the other kids physically and verbally. How she is argumentative about almost anything. How she has seated difficult child next to several different kids and finally had to seat her next to her own desk and how it is very unusual for that to happen in first grade. How at conferences three other parents commented to her about difficult child and how she is with their children. That was a tough one. There were other things but you get the jist. The thought of medication concerns me. I just don't want her to be drugged up and to lose her spark. However, I want her to get along with other people, especially kids, and to make and keep friends. I struggle with this. We did not go home with a prescription but go back in a month. I know they would like to try Ritalin. Also, they mentioned that they will continue to observe her for a form of autism that relates to the behavioral side. For the life of me I can't remember what it's called. They don't think she has it but will continue to monitor her. It's been awhile since I've posted but still think of this forum frequently. I called my mom today and told her what the doctor said. I told her that I don't talk about this very often with anyone. It's just hard to talk about it with people who don't understand. People who you think are your friends yet you can see the look of judgement on their face when they look at your difficult child. I sure have learned a lot through this journey and expect to learn a whole lot more. Thanks for listening.