If anyone has experience with tegretol, I hope you'll provide your thoughts. difficult child has really done well- going on day 3 now. I know that's not a lot, but given where we were, I'm happy! Re tegretol: His regular psychiatrist started him on this almost 3 weeks ago. He started on 100mg then was supposed to go to 200mg aafter one week. Instead, he was in the psychiatric hospital at that time and the psychiatrist in there bumped him to 400mg/day right away. That made me leary, given difficult child's high sensitivity to medications and I saw no change in difficult child the first couple of days he was out of the psychiatric hospital- except it did appear that depression and anxiety were taking over again. So, initially, I thought maybe this sent him too far back into depression. This was put in place after taking difficult child off depakote er, but keeping 1200mg/day of lithobid in place. But, since Wed. night, difficult child has been very congenial and his funny side is coming back. He's shown no depression, raging, aggression, or hypomania. He has gone to bed at better times but sleeps very long hours even so. I'm wondering if the excessive sleep is his body adjusting to tegretol? (His big increase was 1 week ago.) He has not gone to school and I'm trying to get to the root of what's bugging him about it- if there is anything else on top of the overwhelming feeling about how much work there is to catch up on and the issue with lack of friends. These things, I'm going to talk to principal and cm and we're going to have to come up with a plan. I've seen NO signs of cycling the past 3 days. He is willing to chew nicorrette gum instead of smoking. I'm fine with this. He's done small, minor chores. I haven't asked him to do anything time-consuming yet or any homework. He won't talk about school hardly at all- he does still say he wants to go to college and become a vet. We watched tv together (animal channel) for a while last night and had some great laughs watching birds of paradise. I actually had trouble sleeping, but when I did go to sleep last night, I was so relaxed and it felt so good to not be so worried about what could happen during the night. Thoughts?