so, I've been trying to think of things going on in the past two years right before difficult child "loses it" or goes into mania, or whatever it is that "happens to him" every late winter/early spring for the last 3 years. I'm trying to be more thorough than I have been in the past by logging EVERYTHING that is going on or different. It dawned on me again today- his allergies are acting up and I'd bet he's getting ready to have a major growth spurt. Is this coincidental and specific to my difficult child? I notice the allergies because when he was an infant until preschool years, he had asthmatic wheezing intermittently and doctor told me try to find the triggers. I found it was the combination of having a "bug" (even just a cold), being allergy season (mainly mold or hayfever time), and being exposed to a high allergen (like several cats at once). He didn't wheeze when 2 of these things happened at the same time, but every time all three of these existed together, he ended up on the nebulizer. He hasn't wheezed since he was 4 yo- thank goodness, but I still do everything in my power to prevent the combination of these 3 things.