What flips the switch in my difficult child? That is my million dollar question. A question I have pondered for about eight years. After a very bad Friday, a pretty bad Saturday, today was great. difficult child was a hyperactive, mess-making child that took tons of work and attention but there were zero meltdowns. There was zero violence. It was very nice. On days like this I dissect our day like a pathologist...or perhaps a detective searching for clues. What was different about today? Sure, difficult child got plenty of exercise (3 mile bike ride, 20 minute walk with dogs, two hours of ice skating) but this is pretty standard routine for us. I could not even imagine living with him not exercised and pray daily that illness nor injury ever prevent him from getting tons of it. easy child and I seemed no less annoying or irritating in my recollection ....but no complaints about us today. Same medications. Same sleep pattern. Pretty much the same diet. Same sister. Same mom. What flips the switch on the bad days? Is there even a switch that gets flipped? I don't know but that is the best way I can describe it. Although he is generally high maintenance, moody, and hyperactive all day long...the violent meltdowns feel like someone has switched him into another person entirely (violent, unreachable, unreasonable, tormented, sad, destructive.) I have described my difficult child's behavior troubles "like a switch gets flipped" to each and every doctor from his neurologists to the current group of psychiatrists. They all just nod and listen. What do you all think?