Welcome to my journey. I was diagnosed as autistic in April 2018 at age 52. These are my ramblings as I make sense of it all, starting with a reflection on my first year.
I’m trying to work out why I feel so low, tired and drained. Could it be Autistic burnout? If I could concentrate long enough to read articles about burnout I might know. Actually, reading anything would be great, I’ve got a pile of books waiting to be read but I can't concentrate long enough to … Continue reading What’s going on?!
This is something that I've been thinking about lately. Partly because it's something I'm still learning about but also after a recent conversation. As I've said before, I instinctively dislike the High/Low functioning labels because who wants to be labelled low functioning? - it's not appropriate or fair or respectful but some people still use … Continue reading Functioning labels
Telling people I’m autistic is tricky - it’s like coming out all over again except this time people don’t really understand what you’re talking about. Even if coming out as gay hasn’t always been a positive experience at least I’ve never had to explain what it means! Now the challenge is working out when it’s … Continue reading Part 3 – What next?
So, whilst only having a very limited knowledge of autism, diagnosis started to feel right, it helped to explain why I had struggled to understand where I fit in and had tried to keep a low profile, not stand out. In my late teens and early twenties I was coming out as gay - to … Continue reading Part 2: What’s in a diagnosis?!
17th April 2018 is a date I won’t forget in a hurry. Aged 52, almost 2 years after I first spoke to my GP about autism, and several questionnaires later, this was the day of my assessment. Did I think I was autistic? Didn’t really know enough about it, I guess I wondered but definitely … Continue reading Part 1: One year on