A bit of background. My almost 12 year old was dx a year ago this week. We were completely blindsided by this as there is no diabetes in our family history. Of course AFTER the diagnosis, many things over the last couple of months began to make more sense. One of those things was how her personality had changed. I remember googling "the bipolar child" a few weeks before she was dx. My daughter is normally a very affectionate and loving child. My dh and I have often commented how wonderful it is to have such a sweet child when our others outgrew the hugs and "love yous" at a much earlier age- she has remained very affectionate and a people pleaser. SHe never fails to write us sweet notes and tell us how much she loves us. However, that all does a complete 180 when she is high (over 250 ish). She becomes completely irrational, will scream at the top of her lungs at her siblings, throws things, slams things- has even laid on the floor kicking and screaming like a 2 year old in a tantrum. It is such a dramatic departure from her "normal" self, that in the past we have done our best to ignore these outbursts and coax her in to testing and correcting. But I have started wondering if this is the right thing to do. While I realize that she doesn't have the full capacity to think clearly, going through life with outbursts like this, will in the long run I think, make her life more difficult. And coaxing her thru testing and correcting is becoming harder and harder too as it makes her SO mad when I suggest it. (I can relate in the sense that when I am moody and my husband suggests it is PMS- it really makes me mad... especially when I know he is probably right!) She was in a middle of one of these episodes this week so I took her computer access away. She began "growling" at me and actually started to hit me. That's when I realized I need some additional parenting skills to work through this. Do any of you have a child of about this age (12) who reacts so strongly to highs? How do you deal with it? How do I know how much she is capable of controlling and how much is really beyond her ability?