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If you discovered that you were on the spectrum in adulthood, how did it happen?

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WIFIOfferEndsNow Tue 21-Nov-17 22:16:40

Basically, over the years, mainly off MN threads I have wondered if I am on the spectrum.

I have read loads of articles online etc about it and there are bits that I identify with and lots lots of other stuff that just isn't me. So I'm not sure if maybe my "issues" are part of that or separate.

Just wondering what your traits are/ how did you get diagnosed etc.

Kbeeb1992 Wed 22-Nov-17 08:40:40

My partner has just found out he is at 29 years old. He was studying for exams for work and could not concentrate so went to the docs, they recorded his consultation and a specialist listend and diagnosed him with being slightly autistic. When the doctor told us the trates it clicked in my head, he blows up so quick and as quick as he blows up hes calm so doesn’t understand that im still upset or angry after an argument because he has calmed down wich is very annoying, he has ocd so needs everything in the house in his own certain way. He used to get reslly angry as a child and punch walls and things but back in the day jst thought it was anger problems. They have put him on a waiting list to see a specialist but can take months and cant prescribe him anything untill he sees this person wich is crazy l, he has now resorted to ordering some online wich i wouldnt advise but has made him feel better when concentrating. Sorry its long hope it helps.

emochild Wed 22-Nov-17 09:00:54

My brother was diagnosed after my daughter was diagnosed -he recognised a lot of traits in himself and paid for a private assessment

It's not made a huge difference to his day to day life but his mental health is better as he doesn't beat himself up about things anymore

Incitatus Wed 22-Nov-17 10:29:26

I was diagnosed mid forties after a lifetime of struggling socially, anxiety, depression etc. I was labelled ‘antisocial’ at school - even though that actually means something quite different from ‘unsocial’.

I had learned about autism for a few years due to my eldest having behavioural difficulties when young, but didn’t fully relate to the list of male traits that are always used. It wasn’t until I researched ‘autism in females’ that the penny dropped and I recognised myself and my ongoing struggles in the descriptions.

There is very little nhs mental health/autism provision in my area so I was privately assessed by a clinician who specialises in autism in women.

Over all, finding out has been a very positive experience, but I do feel sad for all the years that I spent blaming myself for being weird and different.

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