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GlenCoco

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I am an almost 28yr old female. I am wondering how you may have gotten diagnosed (if in US), what age you were and if you are older, what made you think you may be on the spectrum? I suspect I may be.

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    • Tjx123

      770d

      To start, u can take some online tests and read the criteria in the dsm5 n jus do research, look up the traits in children and adults n see how much u relate

    • Tjx123

      770d

      To start, u can take some online tests and read the criteria in the dsm5 n jus do research, look up the traits in children and adults n see how much u relate

    • offthebeatenpath

      774d

      53F. I was consistently placed in special classes for part of the day in my early schooling. Couldn't tolerate preschool due to sensory issues and meltdowns that led to me becoming physically ill. If I was diagnosed as a child, my mother suppressed it, as mothers sometimes did back then. I knew I was different and struggled badly in many situations, but was also smart in others. I never suspected autism. I was diagnosed when I was referred to a disability work program. They did a full evaluation for pretty much every aspect of my being, over several days. The result was autism. That's how I found out. I think I was 41.

    • gettingonmynerves

      775d

      I just got a diagnosis at 21years old in the US. I started seeing videos online that matched up with so many of my experiences. I’d been in therapy for 2 years and diagnosed with several other things, but nothing worked. Turns out it’s because I have autism and haven’t been getting counseling that would actually benefit me.

    • Alatna

      775d

      i grew up with a brother who was diagnosed at 2. i saw autism as learning issues, muteness and the likes. so i never suspected my self. in 2019 my mom started learning about how it presents differently in afabs, which then lead her to suspect me. she scheduled an evaluation with our regular specialist (since she has multiple autistic/adhd children) and in february of 2020 i was diagnosed, age 15. since then i’ve learned a lot. and if afab autistics were more represented there is no way any would have missed it.

      • ToastyToast

        775d

        @Alatna as a fellow afab autistic(asperger's syndrome), this rings true.

        • Alatna

          775d

          @ToastyToast it really is crazy how many go undiagnosed. i have a friend who also had an autistic brother diagnosed as an infant. yet both of us took till our teenage years. and if our parents weren’t attentive like they are, it probably wouldn’t have been caught for a long while. but i know 15 is lucky for an afab, so i won’t be picky haha

    • castiel

      775d

      I was diagnosed at 9, it was pushed by my mom and I don’t really remember the process sadly but I hope you’re able to get tested

    • Proxy

      776d

      I have not been able to get diagnosed, but daycare/teacher recommended testing since I was 4. My parents did not get me tested. I'm 25 now. Still trying to figure out how I can get tested since I live fairly "normally" to people who don't know me well.

      • ToastyToast

        776d

        @Proxy It's not easy to get diagnosed late from everything I've looked into and seen. I was lucky to be diagnosed as a kid, but even then, I didn't know everything that came with my placement on the autism spectrum until I was older. I just thought I was clumsy and had spazzy hands, but it's just balance and motor skill issues from my disorder that I didn't realize were my disorder. Just do as much research as you can and be your own advocate and be insistant if you have to be.

    • ToastyToast

      776d

      I think I was eight years old... I think...

    • domthecomic

      778d

      I was only few months old but they say you have to around 2 years old

    • Emrys.the.warrior

      779d

      I’ve suspected I was autistic for a while but eventually I bought the book “I think I might be autistic” by Cynthia Kim. One you fill out the questions in the front of the book I think it will be helpful to take it with you when you go to get diagnosed just to get an overall picture of your autistic experience. They will ask you other questions but I find the questions in this book are very clear and helpful. Good luck. (I haven’t been professionally diagnosed but these are just my thoughts)

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