Newbie mom here. What is "difficult child," please? I have 4 great kids; 3 adopted, all born to drug addicted/boozing moms. Each has their own set of challenges. My son, now 13, first attempted to kill his then 2-year-old sister by dousing her with lighter fluid and trying to set her on fire. He was 6 or so at the time. He made two other less scary (but very real) attempts when she was 4. He has pulled knives on me, and when he was 10, pulverized his older brother twice who outweighed him by over 100 lbs. Now, he is 13, bigger, stronger, angrier. He has been diagnosed with conduct disorder and some other scary mental health problems. He completely lacks the ability to empathize and cannot decipher social cues and norms. Of late, he has expressed the desire to kill and torture people and (more) animals to see what it feels like. This is all matter-of-fact, no bravado, no threats. Just expressing his thoughts and intents. I am a single mom already struggling with two kids who have serious chronic medical conditions, one of which that needs round the clock monitoring. I am scared, having been counseled to never leave my son alone with another my girls because he is fully capable of exploding one day and acting out these "thoughts that come from his head." I am just so overwhelmed, scared, and would love to hear from other parents whose children may have had anti-social behavior on this level - did therapy and medications work? I need hope. but so far, have little. Thank you to anyone who replies. I will check back soon as I can!