difficult child 2 is caught up on his work and just needs to put in some time on two projects for the end of the year. But he is having a hard time staying on track and focused this afternoon. He just ate some lunch so I'm hoping now he can concentrate a little better, but I'm getting a bit frustrated with having to redirect him every 5 minutes. difficult child 1 on the other hand is very angry and oppositional. I know he hasn't been feeling well lately, so that's part of it. But I'm also suspecting that he is depressed, which would also explain a lot of the irritability and lack of motivation. It's really hard to use the threat of removing privileges with someone in this state of mind because that just makes him angrier and more defiant and less motivated. I'm going to ask psychiatrist about trying Lamictal instead of Tegretol when we go in on Friday for the difficult children' appointment. It worked really well for his dad whose primary issues seem to stem from depression, with a wee bit o' hypomania/mania thrown in. I know psychiatrist said he was considering taking difficult child 1 off Celexa... and now I'm wondering that's a good idea or if he just needs something different. difficult child 1 settled down a little and actually said that he hates feeling so angry like he is today. That's wonderful that he can realize this and is not so locked down into his emotions that he has no self-awareness. He asked if ativan would help him calm down because he remembers how it kept him from flipping out at blood draws, and at this point I am so eager to get him out of this black hole of negativity that I agreed and gave him 1/2 of a .5mg tablet. We'll see if it does any good. His dang IBS has messed up his school attendance and ability to stay current with school assignments -- this has been a really crummy year for him.