Rachy

142d

I’m very recently diagnosed with ASD. Does anybody have any advice? I’m 20 years old, I have been shamed my entire life for being myself. I don’t know how to continue on living the same way, I feel like an imposter, I haven’t told anyone except for my gf and I am exhausted from “masking”, which I used to not do, but now I feel like I have to act as “normal” as possible so nobody will catch on and think there is anything off about me. I guess I just need advice on finding myself and what my support needs are. Nice to meet you all!

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

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  • Nicoratboy

    142d

    I’m 26 and this is relatable

  • MissWilwarin

    142d

    I think to remind yourself that first of all, the diagnosis didn’t change who you are; second, there’s nothing wrong with being autistic. Masking is terrible for your mental health and if unmasking means certain people don’t want to be part of your life, that’s their issue & not your fault. I think one thing that would help is identifying what you do that is masking and then stop doing that when you find yourself masking.

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