I am qualified to help others, yet, I have been unable to do so since my diagnosis.
I am 40 yrs old, and have just been diagnosed with "autism level 1"... It explains some of my past. I used to work, then, had to choose to leave my job. I have now lost all confidence to go back to working amongst other people. I don't trust that I am 'acceptable' any more.
From "depression and anxiety", (for over a decade), to "autistic"...
Hi and welcome. You'll find some great support here, you've come to the right place.
A diagnosis can really destroy your confidence when you thought you were doing ok (with a few problems) and all of a sudden, you're told you're 'faulty'.
I'm a nerdy engineer in a niche industry so my diagnosis explained to me why I hate people interferring with me so much. Their lack of ability and muddled thinking used to really grind my gears.
I knew that I was still the same person - but my dealings with others 'needed work'.
I was lucky that I could avoid people most of the time with my job - which no-one understood or could help me with anyway.
What areas of your job have you lost confidence with?
Are there any side'jobs and support roles available to you that would better suit your frame of mind and allow you to feel useful again?
Do not look at your diagnosis as the problem but as the point where you start your new journey.
You know what you are good at, your strengths, and if like @Plastic and myself (nerdy engineers/geeks) then start small and build up your confidence on the little things you can do. I know it takes time to re-build confidence, enthusiasm and motivation from what appears a car crash although you can use it to your advantage.
Make some notes/lists and when you do one add a tick/mark (x ticks demonstrates you have achieved something.
I am stopped in reading the new Victoria Honeybourne book "A Practical Guide to Happiness in Adults on the Autism Spectrum" at the point I need to make a list. Once I am ready then I will write the list and carry on through it.
I need to borrow that when you've finished it. lol
Have to work out if it can be shared in/on Kindle Books
No its got to be paper I have kindle app on my tablet but hate it I love the experience of a book the pages the smell everything, I'll get it on Amazon New and used they are usually cheap.
Ok just looked at that, can see why you bought the Kindle ed instead.