My Only Son

by Julia Hernandez
(Harlingen, TX )

My son is 24-years-old. I think he has autism. He will count things before we leave to go somewhere. Then he checks everything. When we get out of the car he does it again. And again when we get home.

He counts his things to make sure they are there and in order. It makes him happy when he finds his things are there and in order.

He has mood swings where he becomes angry and then he starts to cry. He gets confused, and says he feels lost and lonely. He thinks no one loves him or cares for him.

He'll leave home and not come back until days later. He also can't keep a job. What can I do? Is he autistic?

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