Hello My name is Katy.
I am 37 years old, live on my own, but near my sister.
I haven't been diagnosed yet, but I have been to speak to 2 doctors this year.
I suspected there was something not quite right a few years ago. Especially at work.
It came to light, when I was talking to my sister, about what someone said at work. She admitted to me that she kind of suspected I was on the autism scale, because she had notice somethings.
I read up on it and with my sister's help I realised I have some traits.
I don't like social interaction much, I feel like an outsider, never know what to say or how to keep a conversation going.
Some facial impressions allude me too, like I never know if someone's being serious or not.
I don't like things being changed suddenly, I need plenty of notice. My ears can be sensitive.
I found people get bored with me when I'm talking or I get talked over.
I get confused when someone says one thing and another person changes it, I get quite anxious.
I do haves things I like just right like my morning and night routine.
The doctor recognised I might have had ADHD a a child he things I am on the autism scale but not sure where.
I'm just waiting now. For an answer.
Anyway the fun part over!!
I am a chef, but have struggled progressing, because I'm not assertive or strong enough!
I enjoy music, reading, walking and dancing.
I joined here to try and figure out who I am and speak to people who have been diagnosed.
I’m 37 years old too, live on the sunny south coast in Dorset, and was diagnosed just over 7 years ago. My diagnosis definitely helped me make sense of myself and past misunderstandings, but I’m still learning how to construct a life around what works best for me. Internally, a lot changed for me, but outwardly my family, friends and colleagues all still treat me like a neurotypical and expect me to behave accordingly. It’s only very recently that I’ve come to realise I need all that to change too.
I hope you find lots of support and answers here. Everyone is really friendly and knowledgeable, and you can ask about anything and everything as people are always happy to share their experiences a wisdom. Xx