I sat here typing out our story to share with y'all and I realized something.... It seems as if every time we changed/increased medication my son's behavior worsened. I understand the whole medication thing is trial and error, but we've had two psychiatric hospitalizations in less than a year for aggressive/self harm behaviors. My 9 year old son was diagnosed with ADHD and dysthymia (depressive mood disorder) a year ago. His behavior was not THAT bad we initially got a psychiatric evaluation because he was saying he hated himself and saying he wanted to die/kill himself. I assumed this was because he was having a tough time dealing with my and his Dad's divorce and his father being absent from his life. His pedi was the one who recommended the evaluation, I thought these issues could be resolved through counseling. His self-harm threats/attempts were chalked up to being attention seeking behavior. Over the last 6 months my son has started having extreme meltdowns (hitting, kicking, biting, cursing) for no real reason on a regular basis. During some of his meltdowns we have to physically restrain him. We've decided to wean him off his current medication (10 mg Lexapro, 1 mg Tenex (and recently discontinued 1 mg risperidal) and see where that leaves us. His counselor feels as though he has been misdiagnosed and feels like he could possible be bi polar or have a personality disorder. We started seeing a new psychiatrist and she mentioned aspergers, which isn't the first time that's been brough up. This is all really new to me and I was just curious if anyone else has gone down the road of misdiagnosis and/or medication making things worse.