I'm really happy to find so many people, especially women, on the spectrum as I'm struggling to find someone in person. I was diagnosed with Asperger's 2.5 weeks ago, aged 23... not too long ago! I've been finding it very difficult to cope over the last 10 months, and 2 weeks ago I was referred to an early psychosis intervention community mental health team by my psychiatrist after hearing voices and seeing things which aren't real. I'm really worried I cannot cope for much longer and will have to drop out of my PhD, which is the main area I obsess over!
Has anybody else suffered with this, is this normal for Aspies to go through? Does anybody have any advice about what helps, or any other useful ideas?
I'm looking forward to reading through people's experiences... Have a great day!
I'm autistic and take antipsychotics (aripiprazole). I think I had psychotic episodes about ten years ago. I say 'I think' because I now don't have such great memories of the time. I know I thought odd things, which didn't seem odd at the time, and I think I heard voices, but I thought they were real. I'm doing my PhD now, and I'm finding the obsession of the PhD very useful to get back into stride with everyone. But I work from home and am doing it part-time. I'm at the end of my second year and have an Introduction written, a lit review done, a methodology chapter written and I'm gathering data at the moment for a chapter 4, and am getting ethics approval for a chapter 5 data gathering. Things are moving along nicely. I get DLA, now it would be PIP, which is useful financially, as I can't work and do the PhD. I would be too tired. The antipsychotics take energy from me, but I still need to take them, as I'm scared of what will happen if I don't. I hope that you can continue with your PhD, if you need to talk again I come on the site most days.