Last Tuesday the child psychiatrist decided difficult child is PPD-not otherwise specified from one meeting. The one thing I knew about my son was that he was socially adept (certainly more than me). I'm having trouble seeing his 'quirks' as a disorder. I met with his teacher (& remedial teacher) on Monday. They said everything seems fine. difficult child is doing great academically and isn't 'abnormally' shy. difficult child's first teacher this year went out permanently on sick leave so last year's teacher filled out the psychiatric questionnaire. She found his completely withdrawn and pathalogically shy. The nutritionist found a nutritional explanation and the psychiatrist found a psychiatric explanation. Argh. <pulls our hair> This may very well be the worst birthday present I've ever received. I turned 50 yesterday. And it's kinda scary in all my reading about Autism/Aspergers how much it sounds like me. It's true. Hell is other people. husband and I are convinced that there is a problem and that difficult child needs help, certainly with writing and eating. So maybe the diagnosis is just a way to get difficult child some help? The psychiatrist said not to tell the school because it would 'brand' him and they would not expect as much from him. The school knows he's having 'digestive' troubles bcs he's been pooping in his pants for the last few years. I attributed this to the bad case of worms he had 4 years ago that led to anal fissures that led to him holding his stools. The GP cleaned him out with lactulose but he still was/is leaking. So we consulted a nutritionist who saw that difficult child was eating very little fiber and thought that was the cause. It's been a major effort on my part to get difficult child to eat some Allbran which does help a little. But he totally freaks out when he's asked to try any new food. I guess the next step is to find out if the picky eating is sensory related or a coping mechanism? And we need to know if the soiling is a coping mechanism or if he's lost sensitivity 'down there' from the long stint of constipation/withholding. Do I seem to be on the right track? Becuase this is all new and unfamiliar to me. I meet with the GP tomorrow who I hope has some experience with this and can give me some guidance.