Hi - recent diagnosis at age 61 - just saying hello (waving)

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/

Parents
  • Thanks for the welcome everyone - what a confusing journey it has been and a surprising outcome with this diagnosis, very unexpected, though I did think there was something I couldn't explain. I have had problems for years understanding social interactions and actually doing them, but have learnt to 'pretend', even though I didn't actually realise this was what I was doing.

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  • Thanks for the welcome everyone - what a confusing journey it has been and a surprising outcome with this diagnosis, very unexpected, though I did think there was something I couldn't explain. I have had problems for years understanding social interactions and actually doing them, but have learnt to 'pretend', even though I didn't actually realise this was what I was doing.

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