But the psychiatrist wrote a scrip for lithium, hoping that we could straighten out difficult child pronto. difficult child was at the estimator, getting an idea of damage repair for the car. He was supposed to go to the repair estimator directly after school, at 2:30. Instead, he went at 3:45. Lovely. The psychiatrist appointment was at 4:00. When I called him, he said, "Oh, I forgot. You didn't remind me." (Yep. Mom's fault. He's 18 and can move out, but can't be responsible for an apptmt.) And then, "I had some other plans. Do I have to go, even if I'm late?" I said yes, no matter what. I just wanted him to make the trip. I brought photos of difficult child's room and the pile of cat poop that has been piling up (guess I forgot to tell you all that ... one of the cats is afraid of the new puppy and lives in difficult child's room, except when she eats. difficult child refused to clean it. "I didn't put a gun to her head and force her to poop in my room! I'm not cleaning it up!") We told the psychiatrist about the falling grades, breaking up with-girlfriend, drinking with-one or two other girls, wrecking the mirror and side of the car, acting sick and out of it all the time, defiance, lack of cooperation, coming in at all hrs, etc. His impression was the difficult child was doing substance abuse, either pot or alcohol or both. He said he didn't want difficult child on Concerta is that was the case, and wrote a scrip for blood and urine workup. I figured I'd get difficult child to show up at the dr office to sign HIPPA forms and then follow him to the lab. We went to the lab and they had closed 5 min. before. What we don't want if for difficult child to gulp a pile of lithium and Concerta, hoping he can make up the difference. But we all agreed he's been doing something, because he knows he's not supposed to mix scrpts with-illegal drugs so he probably gave up the scrips to be "safe." I had posted about his b&w thinking before ... not sure if it was here or on the General Parenting Board. by the way, I went to Verizon yesterday to cut off all or some of difficult child's use, and the acct password is locked from overuse. Even the tech couldn't get in. And I had to add a $5/mo fee to have them actually cut off data usage when we rich the limit, instead of just sending us emails, telling us to upgrade. How aggravating!!! Almost as aggravating as difficult child. He texted me that he was on his way home an hr ago. NOT. Grr. So I may be posting on another board one of these days ... Typical.