So, this year I have finally been getting treatment for previously untreated mental health issues. Today I had my final appointment with my university counseller before leaving for summer. She tentatively said that although she is of course not qualified to make any kind of diagnosis, she has several years experience and has counselled people with Asperger's (both those who were already diagnosed, and those who went on to be diagnosed after she spotted that they had the traits), and she told me that most of what I have spoken to her about are symptoms and traits of Asperger's. In particular, I have difficulty in social situations, compulsive and behaviours, narrowly focused and obsessional interests and a strong need for routine and struggle with change. I also have depression, which may have arisen as a result of these things but which is not directly attributable to anything. My questions are for those who have Asperger's or who have a child with it. I am of course 19 years old and struggling as a result of the above issues. But I am aware that a diagnosis of Asperger's would not give me any more options to directly 'treat' the associated problems. However, my counsellor has suggested that if I am diagnosed then I will be able to utilise support groups and gain more skills to cope with the traits. I am trying to decide whether or not it is worth seeing a specialist, and whether a diagnosis would be useful if I do, in fact, have Asperger's. Any experiences would be great.