so we found a new psychiatrist. so far, so good i guess--at least she was proactive...time will tell anyway. so she started difficult child 2 on lamictal. she gave us a 5 week starter pack which we started thurs. night at 25/mg. so help me, i have never seen such emotional instability in difficult child 2 in my life--she's up, she's down, complete with hysterical crying. thankfully she had Occupational Therapist (OT) today and the therapist saw it in the hour we were there and noted it, since its pretty extreme. (i like have someone back me up, lol!). so much for mood stablization...sheeh, it had the opposite effect! i'd like to know from any of you if you saw a similar thing when you (or your difficult child) started it, and if it leveled off. the plan is to get to a theraputic 200/mg so we have a LONG way to go and i'm praying you all tell me it goes away. i can tolerate it over the short term--thank heavens we are doing this NOW and not during school, because it wouldnt be doable. i'm trying not to over react and i'm well aware that SE's often minimize over time and disappear but this is kind of taking me by surprise. we also left the abilify at 15 mg since we didnt want to do more than one thing at a time, and the plan is to reduce it or remove it completely at some later date--not sure if the combo of the two is contributing to the problems. psychiatrist kind of felt that if there is Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in play that she's probably always need a low dose AP. any thoughts? i hate to call the psychiatrist until i can really determine if its an actual problem or not. (i will certainly TELL her when we go back of course). oh, and feel free to tell me if there was some other kind of unusual thing that happened to you in the beginning so i know what else to be on the lookout for......... thx!