I'm very interested in the food issue!
Our new doctor, for whom I am eternally grateful for too many reasons to list, gave us a referral to an allergist to have DS tested. He mentioned that several common food sensitivities cause/aggravate mood problems, so we're making an appointment to see him.
I can see why you're concerned about the Adderall. We were on Lexapro (for OCD issues), Fluphenazine (for verbal and motor tics) and Concerta (for ADHD). The day after his dosage was raised on the Lexapro and Concerta, he had the big episode in which he tried to hang himself. At the hospital, we found out that SRI's and stimulants can make mood problems worse. Now we're on Lexapro (smaller dose), Carbatrol (anti-psychotic), Concerta (much smaller dose), and Zyprexa (mood stabilizer), but the new doctor may change that.
8 months ago the thought of a food allergy would have stressed me out. Now I'm PRAYING for a food allergy, because it would be the simplest solution to our problems. My, how perspective can change!
It sounds like we're both in research mode! I just ordered two books that were recommended to me by an MDC mom and the new child psych, respectively...The Bipolar Child and SOS: Help for Emotions. I'm holding my breath until the UPS guy arrives.
I may e-mail you for that template, after we see the allergist. Thanks for the offer!
So...I'm 43 and pregnant with #3 - how'd that happen?