I feel blessed to have found my way to this Forum through CHADD. Thank you all for sharing what is obviously a life altering trial. Some of the comments are heart rending and I pray that you can find the strength and the insight you need to meet your own particular set of challenges. Our 7 year old ADHD granddaughter is coming to live with us...permanently. I'm reaching out through every avenue I can, so that I can stay informed and receive support through the challenges ahead. Ever since our granddaughter was a baby, she's struggled with mental health issues. I've found that there is a stigma associated with Mental Health and it's difficult to find someone with an empathetic ear. (so if your reading this post...thank you) Our grandbaby hits several of the 'markers' for autistic spectrum disorder and it's taken years of suffering to get anyone to diagnose her. (although, once she started School her issues become more noticeable and a diagnosis was forced) She's been diagnosed with ADHD/ODD. Most of her Teachers, her Parents, her local Community and even her Doctors have thrown their hands up. She's only in First Grade and she is in CRISIS (she almost had to repeat 1st Grade). She's been suspended from school on multiple occasions and displays the inattention and impulsiveness (not hyperactivity) of ADHD. I've no doubt that she is being bullied in her after school program and she responds violently when provoked. When I asked her how she felt about coming to live with us, she said, "Happy...so, so happy Grama." We've always done well with her when she comes to visit (we live 10 hours away), but that's only for a max of 3 weeks at a time. We love her dearly and we've always seen the best and the beauty in her. We want to advocate for her and support her toward living a productive and full life. When she's with us she seems to blossom and become a gentler version of herself. I have no disillusions, that after the 'honeymoon' period, there will be challenges, but we're hoping and praying that we can provide her with what she needs to believe in herself. I've carefully chosen her Doctor, her School and a Nutritional Program. We have a relaxed schedule, which seems to suit her. (we are working 'retired') She's off meds right now, because of heart palpitations and is currently seeing a Pediatric Cardiologist. I plan on supplementing with DHA & EPA, GABA and Pro/Prebiotics until we can get her established back on the appropriate medication. I could really use some helpful suggestions on Reading material, additional online support, suppliments, nutrition and any processes that we can implement. And of course, the wisdom and insight of your own experiences. Thank you so much!