Newly diagnosed female from Sweden says hello!

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04 Feb 2012, 5:01 pm

Hey all! I've been lurking for almost a year, but I thought that I might as well introduce myself now that I finally got my diagnosis. :) I'm female, about to turn 26 (am I still allowed to label myself as a "girl"...?), I live in Sweden and I work full-time as a store manager.

I've always been the "odd" one, I never got along with other kids my age, I got completely absorbed into my special interests, and was never interested in "girly" stuff such as fashion, make-up, boys and going to parties. I never made it through high school because I couldn't take the environmental issues (loud talking, too much social pressure), but I'm determined to correct it now.

I was bullied until I was 16, then I actually made some friends and even got my first boyfriend. Looking back, I can now see that the relationships I've had was with people who were DEFINITELY on the spectrum, and in one case, had severe ADHD.

A psychologist actually suspected AS in my case over 8 years ago, but I refused to do any tests, as I thought that "autism" meant rocking back and forth and being completely unable to communicate... I also didn't want to confess to myself that the reason I couldn't function properly in social situations was that I actually didn't understand subtle clues and body language.
I was wrong and uneducated. This led to me being misdiagnosed for several years (social phobia), and they also thought that I might have bipolar disorder.

In the fall of 2010, my brother started to read up on Asperger's Syndrome, and found that he "fit the profile", and one year later, at age 32, he was officially diagnosed with AS and ADHD. Since he and I have many similarities in the way we think and share many odd traits, I too started to read more about the spectrum...

I made a self-referral on march 19th, 2011. On february 3rd, 2012, I was officially diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome. I also suffer from general anxiety disorder and depression (earlier diagnosis).
My diagnostic assessment showed that I have a high IQ (although an uneven cognitive profile) and that I'm mostly able to compensate for my difficulties by logic and reasoning. People might not notice my difficulties at first, but it takes a lot of energy and effort to "camouflage" myself as NT. Keeping up appearances comes with a price, I usually spend my weekends sleeping 16 hours a day...

I'd love to hear from others, especially on MSN! Just PM me if you want my live address. :)



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04 Feb 2012, 5:16 pm

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04 Feb 2012, 5:22 pm

Hello biologic.

Welcome on board.

Well personnaly I'm not officially diagnosed yet, even if I am quite sure I am on the spectrum. I have been describing myself as autist since years, but I meant it in a lighter sense. I did not know about Asperger and the like.



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04 Feb 2012, 5:33 pm

Hello there! Welcome to WP :)

I myself do not have a diagnosis and I prefer saying "I don't know if I have it or not." I don't have healthcare and testing is expensive. However, I have met some really nice people here who share lots of my "quirks", so I'm really happy to be here and have a place I fit in :)


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04 Feb 2012, 5:58 pm

Thanks for the welcoming! I was self-diagnosed for over a year, and I was 100% sure in my heart that I had made the correct call. The assessment was more of a way for me to be 110% sure.

MusicIsLife2Me: I understand. So unfair that money should be an issue. :(



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04 Feb 2012, 6:03 pm

Welcome and congratulations on your diagnosis!



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04 Feb 2012, 6:09 pm

I probably would self diagnose (I have lots of characteristics of AS) but I do have a very different situation that also seems to point at another thing. Makes it hard to determine.


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04 Feb 2012, 6:18 pm

Hej och välkommen till WP!

Jag är 34 och fick min AS diagnos för ungefär ett och ett halvt år sedan. Jag har varit här på wp i ett år och har trivts super!
Hoppas du också kommer att trivas.



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04 Feb 2012, 6:30 pm

Welkome to WP

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05 Feb 2012, 11:32 am

MusicIsLife2Me wrote:
I probably would self diagnose (I have lots of characteristics of AS) but I do have a very different situation that also seems to point at another thing. Makes it hard to determine.

Can you develop ?



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07 Feb 2012, 2:52 am

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10 Feb 2012, 5:32 pm

Congratulations on your diagnosis. I hope that things get easier for you :)

Sweden is one of the countries I am obsessed with and love reading facts on. I particularly love their education system.
I am here anytime you want to discuss all things Sweden :D



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10 Feb 2012, 5:50 pm

Hello, Swedish female.



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10 Feb 2012, 10:49 pm

Welcome to WP!


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11 Feb 2012, 2:37 am

Hei, og velkommen! :D

I am a 25 year old half-norwegian, half-swedish girl living in New Zealand(grew up in Norway). I suppose I should call myself a self-diagnosed aspie. I have not been officially diagnosed yet, but the more I read about aspergers, the more I think it fits me.



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21 Feb 2012, 9:52 am

Hej och välkommen!

Jag är inte diagnostiserad och inte heller säker på om jag har "full" Asperger men är hyfsat säker på att jag befinner mig inom spektrat :)


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