I just wondered what anyone might think, there is just so much common ground and shared experience among the diversity. I wonder if anyone NT could empathise with it all. I can see why NT's might read some of it if they have partners or relatives on the spectrum and they are trying to understand, but I wonder if it makes sense to them. The fact that so many are finding their way here and finding kindred spirits and soul food seems like a form of diagnosis to me. Anyone?
And I'm Spartacus!
anyhow... Spotty has launched an interesting thread but with ASD being such a broad spectrum plus us all carrying our own personal baggage as well as being individuals in our own right does make it difficult to weigh the preverbial pig/cuckoo or elephant
Maybe I was a bit too vague, I didn't mean people just arriving here out of the blue, but assumed that from a long held sense of 'not fitting in' people had begun to search. It seems like one bit of research has led to another for most of us until we got smacked around the chops with the realisation that ASD is really the only thing that makes our lives make any narrative sense
I'm sure that every human alive could identify with bits and pieces, it's the amount of it and the constancy/persistance that makes it different to the norm. And I fully accept that nobody is normal. There was something else I was going to say, but I've forgotten it...
Hey Spotty it is an interesting exploration...
i like your comment re: narrative sense and we are talking about a spectrum after all..
Thanks Ellie, it is a spectrum and I guess I am / we are mainly talking about ASD in people with average or above IQ and no coexisting learning difficulties, but perhaps I'm wrong on that? I have more questions than answers.
Questions are good...but wish sometimes that the answers were more common.
you are right about IQ levels which can also hamper diagnosis or reticence to seek diagnosis... as I gave said in this thread... I have two degrees and a masters, a husband, a son and a full time job...how could I possible be Aspie and why would the NHS fund my diagnosis?