I'm not diagnosed with autism or with being on the spectrum, but I think I may be. My parents don't understand or really believe neurological conditions. If I we're to have it, they would think of it as a barrier. They would see it as something I can grow out of with social experience or pushing myself to exhaustion. I'm seeking a doctor for ADHD evaluation because it runs in my family and my mom's boyfriend who has it is certain I have it like my brother and, possibly, my mother. I was born really early at 7 months and 1 lb so it would be out of the ordinary if something was out of the ordinary with me. My parents are keen on believing I was born with nothing wrong with me and never paid attention to my development from an infant to a teenager. I used to get along better/feel more accepted by my peers on the spectrum or with learning disabilities. I gravitated toward them and we had a lot in common. My curiosity started when my friend Troy suggested I could be autistic but I never really put much thought into it until two years ago. I watched Love On The Spectrum recently and I'm thinking about looking into it because I related to many of the guests with Aspergers and high functioning autism (which I heard is an offensive term). What are any of you guy's experience and struggles with autism (DSM symptoms or otherwise)?
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
I'm not diagnosed either. I'd say sensitivity to loud noises was a big one. At a very young age I had issues with textures. Certain noises make me want to bite the surface, like with metals and such, it's very irritating. Often I'll get angry on the inside over it. I misread social cues, etc.
I notice I'm sensitive to just about everything. I had an argument with my mom once coming back from the beach because of her blasting her music and putting in a car freshener. I hid my face and covered my ears (to hide from the smell and sound) while I cried until we got home. I'm still upset she went out of her way to annoy me when she knew I hated those things. On top of that I have astigmatism so where there's light I'm constantly flashed and blinded. The sound I hate most is kissing. It makes me crazy and I breakdown.
I'm honestly the same. Loud music makes me sob, and the headache from it is absolutely unmatched. Certain noises upset me too, even if they're innocent in nature. I realised I had these symptoms a week or two ago. It's difficult to manage. I'm here if you need it.
I’m in the same boat as you, I’m haven’t been diagnosed yet either. I been telling my parents that I may be on the spectrum, but they ignore me saying I’m perfectly fine. When I was in kindergarten I had a speech delay (I still do) but my doctor said it wasn’t nothing, then I started having sensory problems, social problems, and showed stimulation like rocking back and forth and flapping my hands. I very different to my siblings and they know that, but just doesn’t believe I am different.
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