I've posted here before, many years ago when I was going through the initial evaluation of my now 10 year old female difficult child and found it to be a warm, safe and thoroughly supportive forum, so I've come back for more. As my difficult child is approaching her 4th grade standardized tests, she has been experiencing a heightened level of anxiety that has driven her to resort to deception, not bringing her assignments home and acting out in class. She is resistant to the idea of going on medication due to the fact that I have a sister, who is her closest confidant, who has put the idea in her head that medication is bad and will "suck out her personality". She's been in therapy for the past 4 years, in a Special Education program at her school, where they moved her into a CTT class, which I think is not as restrictive as she still needs in order to be able to succeed. I'm probably rambling on a bit here, but feel that I'm treading water at the moment. I've been out of work for the past 5 months, and just secured a new job that starts on the 29th, and I'm having to take two Xanax a day just to keep up with all the stress. Any suggestions, support, similar experiences, would be most greatly appreciated. Thanks so much in advance for your help!