With media reports of adverse side effects of various medications & tragic deaths of children, I see parents second guessing decisions made. I wonder if the media reports hadn't been so sensationalized if second guessing/doubting would be going on. I know that there have been some pretty intense reactions to medications by some of our children; I know that there have been some medications that just haven't made an impact. I also know that there have been FDA & media reports/warnings on medications used by our children. I take a lot of the medication warnings shared here with (please forgive me) a grain of salt. The tweedles are watched closely - haven't been medicated with-o a great deal of thought, education & input by more than one psychiatrist. I know, for my children, medications are a must; there is definite improvement in thought process, impulse control & dissociative symptoms. I've had to tune out all the "hysteria" from all ends. I'm not pro medication nor am I adamantly against medications - my concerns are for a high level of functionality. My children need the medications to stabilize so they can learn life skills. The tweedles are in a multi level treatment plan; medications are just one part of that plan. Just a few thoughts for the morning.