After a 2 year wait I was recently diagnosed, and it is taking some time to adjust to it, such a mixturte of different feelngs, relief, regret, avoidance, disbelief, but mainly just relief. It wasn't just that I was weird all my life, there was a recogniseable, distinct, pervasive difficulty and there always has been. It wasn't that I didn't try hard enough, it wasn't that I was lazy, or just didn't want to mix with people or do a 'normal' job, but there are other more positive things too...the synaesthesia type experiences I have had, sensitivities to energies, my being drawn to workshops and groups where I could learn to make eye contact, to hug and enjoy physical contact, and many many more things I can now begin to place as to why I did this or why I was interested in that, or why I would have my own version of a meltdown. Thank you to the community for existing and hi to everyone. I look forward to learning and understanding more/
welcome to this forumn
What do you mean by ’being sensitive to energies’?
Also, welcome to the diagnosed over 60 club. There are quite a few of us on here.
Welcome! A lot of people with ASD are perceptive in this way. I haven't looked at academic literature, but Rudy Simone (author of Aspergirls) claims that a lot of people with ASD report a 'sixth sense' when it comes to reading people. We don't pay attention to the usual social cues which perhaps allows us to perceive people in a different way.
Responding to a diagnosis can bring up a mixture of lots of different feelings. By joining a forum like this I hope you can gain more insight into what a diagnosis means for your identity, making sense of your past and planning your future.
Waving back ! welcome
Welcome - I also had nearly a two year wait and was diagnosed this summer at age 52.
sometimes when a certain person walks past me my hackles go up. i get a cold shiver and my hairs stand on end. like that?
Hello and welcome to the forum,
I was diagnosed 18 months ago at 61. I’d figured out I have sound to colour/synaesthesia when I was about 40, after reading an article about it. I had learnt to keep my mouth shut about seeing music and voices.
The autism diagnosis wasn’t expected, but makes sense now.
It is a bit of a whirlwind of contrasting emotions at the beginning, but talking on here helps.
I have done a lot of work in groups, as facilitator and participant. At times, I can 'see' the interactions between people. Over the years i have also done quite a lot of psychic development stuff, and can at times pick up what's going on for someone, say in health terms. I now see this as part of the 'extra' wiring/connections I may have as a neuro diverse person.