Hi, I am new to this board. I have a 14 yr old daughter with the "alphabet soup" of diagnoses. Started out of age 3 with- ADHD and PPD-not otherwise specified. Age six, added Bipolar. Since then (15 hospitalizations and 3 RTCs later) she carries the following diagnoses: ADHD, Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)-not otherwise specified, ODD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), complex partial seizure disorder of limbic origin, cerebral dysrythmia, frontal lobe disorder, temporal lobe disorder, multiple LDs, and most recently, schizoaffective disorder. In the last year, we have seen a dramatic decline in her development and behavior. It is almost like she has some form of dementia, similar to Alzheimers. She cant remember things. She has become totally dependent on me for EVERYTHING! She can't (or won't) even dress herself without my assistance. We saw my daughter psychiatrist last week. The 4 hr drive there nearly killed us all, due to daughter rages, hitting, kicking, grabbing steering wheel, gear shifter, parking brake, etc. I had to bite her arm to get her to let go of the steering wheel, while we were on a busy interstate, sandwiched between 2 semi trucks. My husband was in the back seat trying to restrain her, but he couldn't keep her from wiggling out an arm to grab what ever she could. It was a nightmare! Anyway... the psychiatrist said that he feels like she is progressing rapidly to "full-blown schizophrenia". He is encouraging us to place her in the state hospital as soon as possible (as she has maxed out our mental health benefits on our insurance). He also ordered an MRI, just to make sure there is not something else going on that is causing the profound regression (got results Friday-NORMAL). Needless to say, we are devestated. She functioned fairly well until about a year ago, when puberty hit. That is when we noticed a dramatic decline in her functioning. The last few months, it is like we are losing her. She is slowly slipping away into her own little world. She has also become very violent, aggressive and impulsive (like trying to jump out of the car or biting us for no apparent reason). Does anyone have any thoughts on what may be going on with her?? We are desperate to not have to place her somewhere long-term, but feel that we may have no choice soon. Thank you! Cyndi Mom to daughter, T, 14-current medications: Zyprexa, Tegratol, Clonodine, Doxepin, Amantadine, Diuril.