my daughter is in her early 30's and I am sure that she has ASD. As a child she seemed so normal and sociable but gradually as an adult she has developed more and more traits of the autism that her brother has been diagnosed with. Recently she seems to have lost all the joy in her life -she goes to work during the week and the rest of the time she lives in her room and does not interact with anyone. Over the years I have tried to help her and have persuaded her to go to the GP but all they do is prescribe anti depressants and tell her to contact I talk. I think she needs more specialised help but don't know where to go or how to persuade her to seek that help. Sometimes I feel at the end of my tether as she shows no signs of ever moving out or being independent and she seems to have become increasingly hostile towards me despite my efforts to help her.
My first thought on reading this was is my mum posting on this forum?! This is how my mum describes me; I’m 31, back living at home (saving to buy one day far away), I go to work then spend the rest of my time in my ‘cave’. Tbh work takes all my energy and I need that alone time in my room on an evening simply to recharge! I will find it very very hard to ever be fully independent; I honestly believe we shouldn’t be held to the same high expectations as neurotypicals when we do so well to work and function!