I died a little inside when I heard that.
Apparently, he heard somewhere (perhaps it was in New York), that a child can choose to stop treatment when he/she reaches the age of 16.
Nothing good can come of this. I tell him how he's doing such a good job now, how the medication is working well, and he's working hard.
He's unconvinced. He feels that stopping is best. He is tired of taking all those meds, tired of the side effects - he thinks he may be allergic to one of the medications.
I then tell him that I can choose not to visit him when he lands in detention - because that is the most likely outcome.
Not the most mature response,I know, but I wanted him to hear how seriously stupid it would be to stop taking the medication that we've been adjusting for the past ten years.
I did a web search, but couldn't get a definitive answer on the age of non-compliance.
This morning, I called the doctor's office to check if The Boy is within his rights to stop (but really, there's no way to force anyone to take medication).
In Missouri, the magic age is 18. When The Boy turns 18, he can stop all meds, and can stop going to the doctor if he chooses. If he decides to continue treatment, the doctor is not allowed to tell me anything about his treatment unless The Boy signs a consent form.
So I guess we dodge that bullet for two more years.
Silly me, I was beginning to think I had a handle on this stuff.