So difficult child went to the dr. yesterday. It was his first appointment. after our horrible weekend last weekend that included a trip to the psychiatric hospital. Anyway, the dr. at the hospital told us to ask for him to be tested for bipolar. I was unable to go to the appointment. because of work, but husband took him. I trust husband to take him to the dr., but I would have also liked to have been able to go. Anyway, it is what it is. So, the dr. said there is no test for bipolar. She said that a big determining factor is family history. We don't know much about his bio father's family medical history. I firmly believe that his bio father and grandfather have undiagnosed issues. His bio grandfather beat his wife and his bio father has been in and out of jail for the last 13 years. The dr. didn't feel comfortable giving him any kind of diagnoses. She did prescribe respiradone. He is taking 0.5 mg a day. We are going back to see her again in 4 weeks. I have also found out in the last week that my family has similar issues. When I talked to difficult child last weekend about his behavior he said he can feel his rage coming on, but he can't do anything to stop it. My grandmother told my sister that our great grandmother had similar rage issues. She would feel it coming on, knew it wasn't right, but couldn't stop it. The problem with all the family medical history that I have on both sides is that none of it is diagnosed. It's all just suspicions that I have. Anyway, hopefully this will help difficult child. I'm a little nervous about the risperidone so any info any of you can give me about your experiences with it would be helpful.