I just found this site tonight and I am really hoping it can be of use for me.....and my family. I have a 9.5 year old daughter who is the only child to myself and my husband. We are a pretty stable family. We both work and she goes to a wonderful elementary school. My husband is a pastor, I am a social worker. We both have Master's degrees in counseling. I know this sounds strange but when I had her via C-section, the dr. had to really dig into my stomach to get her because she was so content! They laughed and said "oh, this baby is MAD to come out of her momma". And she was. She has always been a little "wild", to say the least. She was diagnosed with ADHD when she was in K (which I knew even before she went to school, there were issues). She was always having issues with crying and being aggressive in Pre K, church, etc...She started taking Focalin and Abilify. We have off and on the past 4 -5 years, have wanted to take her off the Abilify because she has gained SO much weight. Probably around 60-80 pounds. She is 9 years old and weighs about 125-130 pounds. When we take her off, she has these aggressive thoughts and she will yell and run away or cry and stomp or hit, etc... However, today, she even threw a fit when her daddy would not buy her a candy bar and tried to leave the store. Her pedatrician is so good to her but she is unable to do much "psychological" medication adjustment as she is not a psychatrist. The psychatrist that saw her in the past took her off the Abilify and then gave her some of the Intuiv which worked for about 3 weeks till she because psychotic one night and almost ran into the street. Her daddy grabbed her and she bit him and I had to grab her arm and pinch her to get her off of him she was in such a rage. I just feel that this disease is taking my baby from me. I feel all the joy that I had for her disappering. I have no idea how to help her. She is currently on the Abilify 15 mg 1 x' day and Focalin XR 15 mg in the am. She also at times, takes Focalin 5mg in the afternoon. I just don't know what else to do but we feel really really strong that we need to get her off the Abilify. Does anyone have any ideas how to help me? I don't have any support here. I know that the child does not have Bipolar. She is way to young, it's not diagnosed until really, age 18 however, there are tendecies earlier. We do not have a strong family tie of anyone with Bipolar. The only thing that we have overall is that the women on my side of the family have depression. I have it, my momma has it, etc... She does get sad a lot. She has horrible personal hygiene. She has a 152 IQ but fails her tests because she does not want to study. I just am so lost. Thanks so much for listening.