Well it went okay generally. The psychiatrist is actually a woman, for some reason my mind was thinking it would be a man. We were there for about an hour and a half. The reason why I am sort of on edge about it is it that she said that they don't normally diagnose bipolar in children but that it could possibly be bipolar. She asked about all his symptoms but kept focusing only on the rages and aggression. She kept saying, "So the biggest problem is the raging?" and I tried to explain to her that yes that is a big problem but the depression is just as much a problem. Honestly he has tons of symptoms and they are all a problem. She said she wouldn't rule bipolar out though. She wants us to put him on risperdal for the aggression and rages. Anyone have any info on it? Should we try it? I am incredibly apprehensive to try medications without having the solid (and IMO proper) diagnosis of bipolar. I would feel much more comfortable trying a mood stabilizer first. In the literature she gave me on risperdal it says it is a mood stabilizer but I don't think it is. The other thing I am upset about is that she says that DH and I need to go to a counselor to learn parenting tips. That actually makes me really mad because his issues are not our fault. IMO we are excellent parents. I don't know where she got the idea that we need to see a counselor. DH clarified and asked if Elijah was to see a counselor or us and she said us. She also wants us to contact this mobile crisis team who will come into our home and watch us and tell us how to change things. DH and I both agree there is no way that is going to happen. We don't have anything to hide but we are not into having the government or any other organization look into our private lives. I'm not interested in being monitored by "Big Brother." We homeschool, extended breastfeed, cloth diaper, do only gentle discipline, don't vaccinate, etc. There is no way I am inviting someone into our home to monitor us. Uh uh, no way, not gonna happen. Also we can't afford a counselor anyways, we are both full time students. We are supposed to be going back to see her in 3 weeks and she said she wants us to be in counseling within a week. I am pretty sure she will be upset if we don't follow that recommendation. All in all I am left feeling uneasy. We are still on the waiting list for the Bipolar Clinic in London and we are hoping we will get accepted into that program because it seems like a better choice. This psychiatrist is nice enough but she doesn't seem to believe young children can have bipolar. She is ordering an EKG and an EEG and other tests which I suppose is a good thing.