Hello - I am very happy to have found this board. We have one child, a wonderful little girl who is 6. She has always been (since birth) very spunky, high energy and high needs. These traits are sometimes great - she does all kinds of things and adventures with us. Sometimes, not so great - challenging, can be hard to take some places. No matter what, we love her sooooo much...she is our only child and will be our only child and we just adore her. It's very hard to see her having a difficult time of it. We finally got to a point this summer when we can no longer put it off on just being a spirited child. Her behaviors are affecting every area of her and our lives. I am so tired most of the time, feeling drained, frustrated...feels like we have been very open to trying all kinds of things but nothing works. The only thing that has been helpful is the Nurtured Heart Approach - not entirely, but better than most things. It at least gives us some peace of mind when going through rough times. Anyway, we are at a poing where we just knew we had to get some help. We have been the pediatrician route and are about to have our first psychiatrist visit next week. We have history of BiPolar (BP) in our family. Our pediatrician gave us Vivanse but we would prefer to hold off until we see the psychiatrist and hopefully get a full evaluation (which is what we, and the pediatrician, want) in case there is more here than ADHD. I'm confused still about the medications...read and hear that if there is BiPolar (BP), that the medications can cause more problems than if it is only ADHD. At the same time, the pediatrician says just stop the medications if at any time there is something worse going on. We want to help our daughter any way we can. It is so heartbreaking to see her get "in trouble" for things like sitting right up against another child in a class (even if the child doesn't mind, the teacher does), or wanting to lay down or move around when the rules are to be still, talking all the time even if it means interrupting and disrupting others, etc....the list goes on. I just don't want her to feel "different" in a bad way and that is something she is saying lately, that she wants to be normal like other kids. Of course, I talk with her and give her ways to try to understand that she IS normal, that we all have things we need some help with or that we need to work at a little more than others. No one is great at every thing. Ok, I'm rambling....so many thoughts, so many things, way too many to put in one post, but I wanted to say hi and introduce myself. I did start a log before we went to the pediatrician and that was helpful. It was recommended that I continue that until we see the psychiatrist. I found a post or two about Vivanse. I wish someone had some experience with it since that is what we have. Has anyone here experienced a problem with this type of medication, if their child had ADHD and BiPolar (BP)? Thank you and I look forward to sharing support!