I'm another parent, pretty much like most of you at the end of my rope. My wife and I have struggled for over three years now with a son with increasing episodes of defiance, mood swings, rage, refusal to do anything at school. This led to our being told by his school that he was suspended until he saw a professional. The psychiatrist is someone that he seems to get along with, and her initial feeling after three sessions is that this son is BiPolar (BP) and ODD. With Bipolars, is it common for them to get out of school (he's 11) by vomiting and playing sick? We've had this nausea/vomiting problem for over two years now. The odd thing is that it isn't just when he is at school. He can throw up, leave school, and sometimes throw up (off and on) for the next couple of days. For those who have BiPolar (BP) kids, have you experienced this? Anyway, the wife and I are starting into all of the IEP testing, therapy, medications and all the rest. It's almost overwhelming, at times, especially for my wife. Nobody else in the immediate family has any form of mental illness, but the psychiatrist says that BiPolar (BP) is very much genetic. It's bad enough to have to cope with an out-of-control kid, but then too find out that your defective genes had something to do with it is very hard to deal with. Thanks for the help and a place to vent.