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So yer basically I had a long 5 hour session today at the mental health unit in my local hospital (an appointment 3 years in the making since my initial referral from the councillor at my request) accompanied by my mum.
The lady we saw was very nice and it was basically a series of questions and discussions based around the qualifying criteria to establish if I had autism spectrum disorder (aspergers is no longer being used as a diagnosis) from which she was taking notes. After just half of the session was over she was satisfied that I could be diagnosed as having ASD (which was a relief to my unshakable belief that I did) but the questions and discussions continued after the lunch break to help build up a portfolio for my personal condition.
The kind of questions I was asked was largely based around my life from birth to present day. In the UK you're requested to bring a close family member with you whose known you since birth (so I brought my mum along) to make answering some of...
Erm, we broke up. This year was meant to be the year we got married but he said my anxiety and depression was killing him. He tells me I need to get better on my own and maybe in a few YEARS we could try again. He will find someone else before that happens and once again my Asperger's has ruined everything. If only I could have the courage to talk about how I feel rather than bottling everything up. And now I've left and it's been nearly a week and I still can't sleep and keep being sick. I'm a total wreck. Some kind words would be much appreciated. X
I couldnt find a thread specifically for pets so here it is
I have 5 dogs: A min pin named Kellie and 4 Yorkies: Rocky and Bullwinkle, Joey and Comet.
Rocky and Bullwinkle are twins except Rocky is about 8 lbs and Bullwinkle is about 2 lbs. He is a shrimp. Joey and Comet shared the same home with their breeder so they are buds. Comet always wants to challenge Kellie, the Alpha Female, over whats in one of the 5 food bowls. Kellie always wins.
I also have 4 turtles: Abercrombie, Fitch, Sanford and Son. Abrercrombie and Sanford are about 5 inches. Fitch and Son less so. We bond.
Is thirty too late to go back to college or community college ? It seems like it would feel awkward to be the oldest in class with a bunch of college freshmen. I would feel like that twenty something year old still stuck in the eleventh grade. I had one of those people in my class before. It would feel like I was dead last and light years behind everyone else who hadn't nearly wasted ten years goofing off with no direction in their lives. I could be the smartest one in class and It would feel like that meant crap because I procrastinated for so long.
People told me that it's never too late to go back to school but they don't know what it would feel like to be the loser who waited too long.
I posted here:
Vent: Psychiatrist doubting suspected diagnosis
not so long ago after seeing my psychiatrist. My ADOS is booked for tuesday, but it's becoming a huge stressor for me. Dissociation is a big problem for me, and due to the stress it's been causing me i've been dissociating pretty constantly since I last saw her. I'm very worried that I won't get the diagnosis even if I tick all the boxes, as she's told me that she doesn't think I am autistic anymore after diagnosing me with PTSD. The alternative diagnosis she's offering is social anxiety but I know that if I got treated for social anxiety it wouldn't help me as I have had issues with socialising way before I experienced anxiety in them, and I no longer do experience said anxiety but I still have the problems with understanding other people and socialising. I don't know what to do. If I don't get this diagnosis I will have to go private and pay up to £1500 which I just cannot afford. I've lost all faith in...
One thing that has been plaguing me is that I am a late developer and so, every time I read something about aspergers, I see that in actual fact, I would be considered as not having aspergers, because I learned to crawl at 2 and learned to read at 9. However, as I use my long memory, I detect that it was invironmental issues ie bad parenting that caused this apparent late developement. Like when I finally grasp something, I get very good at it and jump ahead of everyone else.
My husband then says: no, it is because you get obsessed with something and thus, why you are then very good at it.
So, my question is this: has any official aspie been a late developer?
Oh and although the title does include auties; I know I have got classic autism.
Anyone else get attached to inanimate objects? Such as Keychains, pens, pencils, bags or purses, etc.
I noticed that sometimes I get attached to inanimate objects. Almost like one would get attached to a stuffed animal.
An example would be: I bought a Keychain at Meijer, it was a fuzzy pineapple. I grew attached to it and even named it like you would a stuffed animal and decided it was a he. When I went out with my mom somewhere I brought it with me, because I felt like I had to. Like a child with a stuffed animal.
Just in case you can't picture it, I took a picture of the Keychain. It of course no longer has the tag. Since I bought it.
Anyone else do this or experience this? Is it just me or is it something with having autism?
I am thinking of studying buddhism, is buddhism compatible with autism?
Does anyone know about buddhism and whether it's a good idea, I am thinking of switching from Christianity to become a buddhist or atheist because some people in the christian faith think that people with autism are inferior and need to be healed instead of accepted and accommodated.
I've been systematically fighting through all my exhaustion and depression symptoms, and I've removed the worst, but I still have limited energy and still rarely feel happy.
I know it's not my thoughts causing this, it's more likely some physiological cause.
I've removed all likely diet causes which helped, but something lingers.
I have no other tactics left.
To all of you that have tried them, did you find meds helped, and would you recommend them?
I once read the following words from another Aspie somewhere else and they really struck a chord within me, because this person actually described a HUGE portion of my life struggles---even as it is today. The problem, however, is that this was written by a teenager, yet I am far beyond my teenage years. This person wrote about some of his/her struggles with Asperger's Syndrome, but he/she was noticing these things as a youth. Here I am a little past 40 and I've been struggling with the same things since my teens. Here is what they wrote:
"...aside from sensory issues, maybe bad motor skills, and intense interests, the main issue I feel is lack of emotional maturity/mental acuity.
By emotional immaturity, I don't mean controlling your emotions, I mean feeling mentally organized/responsible for yourself, understanding how people work, CONFIDENCE, all the things, in other words, associated with adult independence. Not to say that we are children, but just that we have delays in...
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