So I am 25 female diagnosed with ASD a few months ago, I’m finding it hard to accept not that it changes anything about me. I’ve always known something was different from being a child but was diagnosed with OCD etc. I decided that to go for an assessment just to talk and see what they thought which resulted in ASD. I guess where I can socialise etc Can they get it wrong or are they pretty good with diagnosing? I don’t know just wondered if anyone els was in denial at first.
Hello and welcome to the forum,
This checklist may help you find a way forward. I hadn’t considered autism until I was 60. Now I realise I am autistic, and the diagnosis confirmed it.
Thankyou I will have a read. I have been diagnosed after 2 years of looking into it. I don’t know I guess being diagnosed later in life it’s hard to come to terms with? And I just question they got it right even though I know they are if that makes sense lol thanks for replying
Check out Agony Autie's videos on YouTube - very helpful...
Thanks I will have a look! Just lots to get your head around haha
Hi! Welcome to the forum. I'm also a 25-year-old woman and have been waiting for a diagnosis for a year now. I also have OCD and I'm currently in therapy to try and take control of it (it's really helped so far). Purple Ella has some great YouTube videos that may help you to accept your diagnosis (she also has a video exploring the differences in women and girls, and why we don't always fit the stereotype society has of an autistic person). I'd also highly recommend reading 'Odd girl out' by Laura James and 'Can you see me?' by Libby Scott (the latter is a children's book, but it's amazing and it helped me relate back to some of my high school experiences).
I haven't had my diagnosis yet, but I do think a diagnosis is life-changing and takes time to process. Even though it doesn't change you, it'll probably mean you view your life through a slightly different lens, but it'll hopefully help you to understand yourself better in the long-term. Just take your time and try not to feel bad about how you're feeling - from what I've read on this forum, questioning and wondering are very normal at the stage you're in.
Hello and welcome to the forum! I have been diagnosed with Level 2 ASD. Feel free to ask any questions and read my profile.
I wasn't in denial at any point. I had always suspected that there was something different about me.
Thanks you for getting in touch. I will defiantly look into everything everyone has told me, it’s just come to a head I guess I’ve always known something wasn’t quite the same as everyone els and going backwards and forwards from therapy etc since being young and finally having an awnsers it Kind of feels surreal. Thankyou hopefully in time I will learn to accept who i am and that it’s ok
Hello and thank you, I have level 1. I mean I was certain when going through the process and now being told you are autistic it just doesn’t seem real after all this time. But it doesn’t change anything I guess just more understanding why I do or fell certain things. Thankyou for your support
Exactly! At least you, and those around you, now know why you do certain things in a way that makes sense to yourself.