Finally this might be the answer
I am a mom of a wonderful guy who has puzzled me for the last 19 years. I have searched many books, looked for answers, visited with different people and finally was directed here. I want to cry - joyful that maybe this is what I have been dealing with and sorrowful that so much time, anguish, tears - good days and many many many bad days could have been greatly reduced had I known about this two decades ago.
I really hope that it is not too late to turn things around for this young man. It is comforting to know that at least I picked up on the cues and knew something was not right. It has taken all the patience and love that is humanly possible to deal with all the daily drama, melt downs and social issues.
We, my son and I, have dealt with extreme sensitivity to sound, light, smell - fear of crowded places, the sadness he has felt when he can't find a friend or feel like he fits in. We finally had to get out of the public school system. However, now as a young adult, we are now dealing with depression, drugs and learning how to interact appropriately with adults in authority.