Hi, I'm exhausted and fed up today. difficult child generally is doing much better these days, especially at school. He has made a number of friends (including a BEST friend), he is doing great academically, and his anxiety level is way down. But, he is still hitting and threatening husband, easy child, and me on a daily basis. The least little thing sets him off. Last night, he wanted a snack before bedtime and I told him to finish his dinner nstead (he had eaten very little), which is not an uncommon response from me. He immediately jumped out of the chair, flew across the kitchen, grabbed a mallet left over from carving pumpkins, and hit me on the leg with it. He continued to scream and cry for about ten minutes and then it was over. This sort of outburst happens at least once a day and usually more like 2 or 3x/ day. It usually is directed at husband. But, husband was out of town Monday-Thursday this weeks (got home after the kids were asleep last night), so I have been getting more of that behavior this week. He also hits his sister at the slightest provocation and threatens to kill her on a daily basis. We have an appointment with a new psychiatrist at the end of January (and we are second on the cancellation list). We had been seeing a psychiatric resident through the local teaching hospital, but that isn't working out. The resident is very inexperienced with children and doesn't seem to understand why difficult child's language and outbursts are a problem. He seems to think that since difficult child's outbursts are relatively brief, we don't have a real problem. We also have an appointment with the neuropsychologist in a couple of weeks and I'm hoping he'll suggest a medication change (we are back to working with the neuropsychologist and pediatrician on medications). husband is very reluctant to make any changes, but I think it is time. We have made a lot of progress, but the violence must stop. husband seems to have a much higher tolerance for bad behavior than I do (and, I think, a large dose of denial), which isn't helping difficult child at all. Anyway, I think my level of weariness became very apparent to me this morning. easy child and I spent the morning at the park and I felt such immediate relief from the stress of difficult child. It is sad that we don't get those stress-free moments with difficult child. I went on a field trip to the river with his class yesterday and was a stressed out the whole time, waiting for him to do something. Overall, he did well, aside from one outburst at a docent. I'm so glad the weekend is here...I'm sleeping in tomorrow.