Hi, all... I'm glad I found these forums. My son is almost 7 and oscillates between being the most marvelous creature on the face of the earth and being a bit of a nightmare. Although husband and I have had some suspicions about things being not quite right with him since he was about 3, his teachers and doctors have said that although he's definitely "odd," they don't think it's anything clinical. We've never pushed it though, we've never clued them in to *all* the behaviors, and at this point in time I'm wondering if it's Aspergers. We have an appointment with a family therapist tomorrow who often sees children with Aspergers and have told her about our concern. That wasn't why we scheduled the meeting though. My son has had some frightening episodes of depression, the kind of world-weary, soul-breaking depression that I myself take a lot of medication to control. He's just a little kid...he shouldn't have these kinds of problems, shouldn't be saying that he wants to kill himself. And yet there it is. It breaks my heart. The list of odd behaviors, in addition to the depression, is long. I've set myself to task in writing the list to take with me to the therapist's office, and have been surprised at how many things there really are. From the strange sounds he makes all the time to the fantasy world that he occupies to the obsessions and lecturing conversations to the volume of his voice to the aggression he demonstrates when he's frustrated to the difficulty he has getting along with his peers. Since he's been 3 I've been puzzled more and more by his behavior, and reading about Asperger's, as sad as this sounds, has been an enormous relief because it gives me a context in which to *understand* what's happening. It gives me hope that there really are tools out there for dealing with the problems posed by his behavior and that maybe our family can adjust. All I know is that right now our family is teetering on the edge and we really need to get a grip on what's happening. Thanks for letting me vent about this a little bit. I feel like people here will probably understand what I'm talking about, and that in itself is a huge relief. Best wishes to all.