Hi! I am new to this site but happy to have other parents to share my pain (and hope) with. My son is about to turn 12 and has recently been diagnosed with Conduct Disorder. We have seen the "best" Behavioral Specialist our area has to offer for over 4 years, and now I am learning this has been the wrong approach. My son's issues are not behavioral, but neurobehavioral or in laymen's terms: a brain disorder. I am feeling tremendous guilt about all the punitive, disciplinary methods we have tried for years. We even sent him to a reputable wilderness program for 8 weeks this summer. He is about to be "asked to leave" another private school. We have been told his issues are because of ADHD and ODD but now we are learning it goes way beyond that...hence the diagnosis of Conduct Disorder. Did I mention I am 7 1/2 mos pregnant and also have a 6 year old at home. I feel I am barely keeping it all together. My son is now living with his grandparents because our home needs a break. My heart is breaking and I need some hope. Just found out about the Meridell Achievement Center in Austin, TX, that treats these issues as brain disorders, positive, therapeutic, and am waiting to hear back from them. The experts say my son needs a Residential Treatment Center (RTC) for at least the next 2 years. Someone, anyone, please provide some hope. Thank you!