Hello parents, Thanks in advance for listening and any advice you have to give. I've been reading for a while till I feel like I almost know some of you. I have a 17 year old son with a diagnoses of "anxiety" who uses pot as his (illegal) "medicine". He has been difficult since he was a baby. Some of his issues over the past years have been: hates having his haircut (hairs falling and scratching his neck) very picky eater sensitivity to fabric easily melts down MAJOR biter as a toddler school anxiety habitual truant junior year--left school to "smoke" little ability to keep a job (does not like to be told what to do--for example if his boss tells him to get off his phone he can't deal) Also at current job freaked out because people he knew came in and SAW him--omg--horror! in past, obsession with avoiding germs (would wash his hands raw in 7th grade-had a fit once until I made a special trip to the store for hand sanitizer), wouldn't shake people's hands, etc.. very particular about clothing, can't have lint on it or smell too strongly of detergant difficulty with certain sounds like car windshield wiper/windows rolled down "addiction" to computer games--smallworlds, minecraft, etc...to the exclusion of EVERYTHING ELSE, not currently as computer is broken. Other "addictions" throughout the year have included Pokemon, becoming a bodybuilder (we had to then go out and buy EVERYTHING for his new obsession), etc...etc...etc....Currently obsessed with marijuana and "accessories" for smoking it. little ability to focus on schoolwork Very smart in certain areas like computers and math, but extreme difficulty with spelling, foreign language and analyzing of books and literature. Things have to be a certain way--HIS WAY--or he freaks out and has a "tantrum" if he's into something, he puts in 100%, but then moves onto the next thing very suddenly. there's more--lots more--these are just some of the things that came to mind. He is seeing a psychiatrist soon for the first time. The anxiety diagnoses was given to him by a counselor. I guess I just wonder if it's more than just "garden variety" anxiety. He's SO extreme, so EVERYTHING. It's just so exhausting. It's hard to summarize 17 years in the space I have here, I just wondered if someone might have any ideas. To me he acts kind of like an aspie (socially different, but yet did have a lovely girlfriend of one year and currently has some pot smoking friends, sort of flat affect, sensory stuff) but then, he's also super impulsive and a risk taker/rule breaker which isn't aspie, right? And then, his moods--ugh, not good. He's been drug tested twice, only pot came up. Thanks for reading if you got through this, if you have any input I am all ears.