difficult child 1 used to take Lexapro for his Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). It helped with his needle phobia TREMENDOUSLY. But... We had lots of problems with him when stimulants wore off in terms of his over-the-top oppositionality, defiance, mouth, tantrums, yada, yada, yada. Door slamming, slashing a screen, running off down the block in the middle of a rain storm at night because he was mad at me, impulse control issues (online porn), lying, stealing money from us, stealing toys from the sibs, etc., etc. So the psychiatrist thouuuuuught that Lexapro might be disinhibiting him too much. So we cut it in half to 10mg. Then he got really irritable. So we switched to Celexa, and the irritability got better, but now he's picking at his upper arms. Some days it's worse than others, but he leaves scabs. Then he picks at the scabs. And if there aren't scabs, he says his skin feels itchy (may just be a little dry) and that's why he scratches. So I encourage him to use the Cetaphil lotion we have, but he rarely uses it. Oh, and as an aside (because I really think this is due to sleep issues with school starting), he's been really grumpy the last two days but once the stimulant is out of his system, he's fine (but still picking). I'd love to hear from the drug guru's here on what else we might try (short of making him wear long sleeves or mittens). We don't go back to the psychiatrist until October, but I'm thinking I'd like to call to ask for a better solution to try out before our next appointment.