I found this site about a week ago when desparately needing support. I just seemed to have jumped right in and started rambling without reviewing FAQ's. Now, after settling down a bit, I understand the many abbreviations used. Thanks for the patience. I have spent the better part of the last week reading every link sent to me. Printing it out,re-reading...Now I am more confused than ever. difficult child's first visit to a psychologist was when he was two. Since then he has been tested by school in first grade, advanced a grade for challenging reasons. Tested again in fifth grade. Always told ODD, gifted. Very sensitive to sound, ex: french fry buzzer, basketball games, clocks, fire alarms...He would know which room the clocks were louder, he would basically shut down and cover ears when noises bothered him. We were told by elementary school counselor and also psychologist he process information differently than the "normal" child. took us a long time to understand ourself that it is OK to be different. Many teachers only accept a particular way of doing things which sets him off in a tizzy. After many years of power struggles, a severe panic attack/anxiety attack sent us to the psychiatrist. He put him tried him on prozac, then went to Lamictal. This seemed to calm him but still had huge issues with school, and anxiety. After this past week took him back to psychiatrist. When I asked about the evaluations, he said >$6000 and would be a waste of money. Increased Lamictal added Lexapro. difficult child has now been awake for 4 nights (most of the night). Now I am second guessing any need for medication. After reading the links about gifted children and ODD, I can honestly say he meets every single criteria. Both say no medication needed. Am I just trying to "fix" him because I can't handle it?? Is it us his parents who need the help?? His IEP/BIP have no positive issues, only negative which makes him react worse. I have done my homework and I am ready for Friday's meeting regarding new IEP. He went to a counselor today. He said he likes him. Yeah. That never happened. Also since this is a new job, I found out more info on mental health/behavior insurance. Better than I thoughT. So, any of you who actually read this long drawn out post, do you think he should be on medication or is it just me thinking something can fix him. he has had no testing at psychiatrist. (does see neurologist due to migranes.) I will talk to neurologist about tests next week at our scheduled meeting.