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SunInAugust

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I was diagnosed with autism. I frequently feel like it had to have been a mistake.

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    • clowntown

      688d

      Autism Spectrum Disorder? More like "Cool Person Syndrome" 😎

    • clowntown

      688d

      Autism Spectrum Disorder? More like "Cool Person Syndrome" 😎

      • SunInAugust

        688d

        @clowntown thank you for this, or made me smile

    • SunInAugust

      690d

      Or....oh, im just not a hugger. Oh, I just get migraines from florescent lights. Oh, I just can't stand any sound or movement around me. I'm just quirky.

    • Alexus_Mari

      691d

      Autism comes in all shapes and sizes! It took them forever to diagnose me because it really doesn't seem like I have it at first. Is there any particular reason you think it was a mistake?

      • SunInAugust

        690d

        @Alexus_Mari i feel like......"thats all? Thats all autism is?" I mean...yeah, I struggle with nonverbal communication, extended direct eye contact, sensory sensitivities. I walked in the balls of my feet as a kid and wouldn't shut up and always asked 'why' to everything constantly. I've been a pickiest eater. Easily car sick. Clumsy. Dyslexic. Synesthesia. Auditory processing issues. Slower processing speed with new info. Difficulty with change. Executive dysfunction, emotional regulation, rejection sensitivity... But autism was never presented to me like that. Like.....thats it? I sound "normal" most days. Sure, im asked about my 'accent' more than my peers but... I look "normal". I'm really articulate. I've only gone nonverbal maybe 5 or 6 times. My whole life i just thought... Oh, I'm just anxious thats why I abandoned my shopping cart. Oh, i was just raised by wolfs thats why I people watch to study how to be. Oh, I was just quirky. Oh, im just really bad at sports with the body awareness of a rock. Oh, im just difficult thats why people find me frustrating and choosy.

    • Brinnon

      691d

      If it helps, although I was diagnosed as a child I am almost completely functional. I'm almost completely verbal. I really just have sense sensitivities, I get overstimulated occasionally, and I have a difficult time with understanding body language. People (not doctors) my whole life have told me my diagnosis is a mistake because I'm super high functioning. Due to this I got a 2nd diagnosis as an adult when I was in therapy. My therapist told me while I am on the lighter side of the spectrum I am solidly on the spectrum. This helped me quite a bit with accepting the childhood diagnosis was not a mistake. I was constantly thinking "Am I really autistic? I'm not autistic enough to claim that I am." I guess what I'm saying is a 2nd opinion really helps with questionable diagnoses. Also autism IS a spectrum you can be mostly functional/verbal and still have autistic traits and land on the spectrum.

    • Entu

      691d

      Why

      • SunInAugust

        690d

        @Entu i commented more below!

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