Hello, I'm new to the forum and I've been reading posts off and on all day before posting. I'm so relieved to find this site as we're just now starting with the diagnosis of ODD/Mood Disorder -not otherwise specified/Learning Disability-not otherwise specified with my 14 year old son. We just received his diagnosis after testing and getting all records together. (School, Doctor etc) Results were determined by a Psy.D, L.P. We actually went through testing and all that is involved with that thinking it might be ADD. We've done well with dealing with sons issues through the years until about 6th grade. Then we started wondering. However, During the summer. He's a totally different child. Confused by this we didn't get testing. 7th grade he had many problems, yet again during the summer he did well with us. During the summer we started this process because I decided that I was failing him if I didn't do something to help him as he really stuggles with behaivors and schooling through the year. I'd rather know, than not know and keep on wondering. Last year was hard on us. So, Now we know. I will be meeting with his Psy. to go over the report and take steps to help him deal with this. I'm relieved and I'm stressed at the same time. I don't know what to expect. I still don't know fully how to help him. I know he needs help with school but I don't know where to start, how much information I should give and so on. They know something is going on with him as he does get into trouble often. Sorta the class clown sort of thing, with some outbursts. He has a hard time with homework. It was a battle daily to get him to do it. This year he's doing it but not turning it in and so on. I have many books to read to understand how to help him, and not make everything a battle. I know I need to get him and us into therapy for communication help and also anger/coping with stressors. I don't know what I'm doing. I don't know what to expect. And I still am not sure how to help him. The doctor we're seeing has appointments out to Dec. right now. I took the appointment. for the beginning of Dec. but I wonder what I can do in the meantime to start this progress and be assertive in getting him the help he needs with his learning disability -not otherwise specified. I just don't want to sit around for the next two months waiting. YKWIM? I need to figure out what steps I can take now to help us all. My son is a very caring, outgoing child. He does well with making friends. Does not bully kids at school at all. His main issues are power struggles with us and his teachers. He's a great debater. Of course, at times.. it's a pain in the butt and other times I think.. This kid really thinks about everything doesn't he. He doesn't have a hard time with his peer group. Actually the kids he's in class with think he's funny, the class clown and actually look up to him which.. is good and also very bad as they tend to follow his lead with behaviors. He doesn't get into fights. He does argue with teachers, make noises, try to be the funny guy, and at times he has major anger outbursts. Doesn't hurt anyone. Does punch walls when annoyed or frustrated. Throws stuff around his room. Gets very overwhelmed at those times. Those outbursts happen about once a month. He will lie or blame others for just about anything. Especially if he thinks it'll get him out of trouble. Just a little bit about him. Anyway, Thanks for reading. I look forward to getting to know you all, share support and advice. I'm really in need of it.