So I have been thinking. difficult child has been on a stimulant non stop for 4 years. That is a very long time. He is very small for his age. Lately we have been having problems with increased irritability, defiance and now swearing at easy child and I every morning. I am considering taking him off stims for a month or so, if I can make it that long. I am really not sure if we can handle him off of them, but feel we have to try. I may see if we can increase his abilify to 5mg in the morning and 7mg at night. I know many have done this, and am wondering if you see a worsening in behavior at first, and then does it get better? I know this can vary from kiddo to kiddo, but I am just wanting input. I am pretty leary to do this, and psychiatrist will think I have lost my marbles, but I just feel like this is something we should try. I am also concerned that difficult child will gain a lot of weight from the abilify when he is off the stimulant. I guess we will wait and see.