Hi, I haven't posted here in a long time. My 9 y/o son is now diagnosis with bipolar and is taking abilify and clonidine. He is still struggling with a lot of the same moodiness as he was before the abilify, but has gained 23 pounds since school started. My understanding is Abilify is supposed to be "weight neutral". He seems to craze foods. Do any of you with kids on abilify notice eating has picked up? Also and much more important....my son's dad sort of dropped out of his life when he was 3 and has been back in his life for the last 2 years (gone for about 4 years). Since coming back in his life, he has stated to me that he doesn't believe in the mental health diagnosis and/or any mental health diagnosis. He thinks that our son has learned to be this way (from me not setting limits). The difficulty lies in that I can hardly handle my son's problems anymore (he has been hospitalized 2x and the latest time they suggested residential treatment). His dad said that he would take him but I am very concerned that without any buy in on the mental health stuff, it could be very difficult and possibly life changing for our son (not life changing in a good way). He said that if I get (and pay for) brain imaging and can prove to him that it is bipolar he will take a different pt. of view. Brain imaging is very expensive and I don't have the money. I don't have much of a support network (not a lot of family), work full time (drive and cover 940 square miles of territory in job as school social worker) and am single. Also, my mom is terminally ill and i am her primary caregiver. Any help, ideas on any of the above would be helpful. I feel that I am in this alone and am running out of steam.