hi all - just came back from another family/therapist meeting at the adolescent Residential Treatment Center (RTC) where my 13 yr old son has been for 1 month. My boy has some sensory integration difficulty, but his major difficulty is R A G E - full blown out-of-control hitting, yelling, breaking things... He escallates worse than the average person and stays angry longer. Since he turned 13, he has become the "800 pound gorilla in the living room", refusing disclipline, punishment, guidance, and the word "no". He began the hitting when we brought our second son home from the hospital. I have taken the 13 yr old to 5 prior therapists and 2 prior psychiatrists. The last psyc had him so doped that he could hardly do any school work. Needless to say, when they are both together, it is double trouble. The youngest has ADHD symptoms, but does not respond to the latest medication. The 13 yr. old has ADD symptoms, but does not respond to the medication either. They need LOTS of structure and supervision. They are very draining and most of the time, I feel like I live in a surreal world, especially since admitting my 13 yr. old to the Residential Treatment Center (RTC). During the meeting last week, my son finally showed the counselor his R A G E and hit the wall with his fist several times as well as yelled and cursed at me. She finally got to see it! Ha! I told her so. I have no true friends anymore - the boys take too much emotional strength out of me. The oldest is an embaressment and it hurts to even talk about him anymore to anyone. I don't even know what to say except "he is in a Special Education school". I started home-schooling when their private Christian school "fell apart" in Dec. '08. It started out fine, but whew, now it is difficult. I could use some friends here!!!! I knew I was not alone, and did a search on the old 'net to find this site. My husband thinks we should take him to an excorcist or a hypnotist - really -. I just don't know anymore. I have prayed to no avail. I am not really hopeful about the Residential Treatment Center (RTC), but I will give it a chance.