32 YO recently diagnosed with ASD (Asperger's).

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08 Nov 2022, 10:53 am

Hello!

New user here. As the title suggests, I was recently diagnosed with Asperger's. Saw this nice, loving community and decided to join it!

I guess this is where I talk a little about myself?

Well, even as a little kid, I knew there was something 'off' about me. I never had any friends, never really liked to talk (the so called "silent type") and topics that seem to interest other people - like sports, politics, economy, inflation etc. - have always bored me, to say the least.

For a really, really long time; I thought it was Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). But I always wondered why I don't panic while talking to total strangers - unlike most people with SAD - but get overwhelmed (selective mutism) around people with whom I interact on a regular basis. Like my school mates or work colleagues, for example.

Little did I know that I was subconsciously trying to hide the 'real me' from people. While I appear absolutely normal at first glance, people start to get the feeling that something's off with me the more time they spend with me. Some don't mind my particular aloofness - while others just downright take it personally!

Anyhow, at an age of 32 I finally decided to consult with a psychologist and well... Asperger's, yay! No, I actually mean it. You see, when they told me what it was, I was actually relieved. I thought I'd be freaking out but somehow, it made me feel so much better.

I took comfort in knowing that I'm not alone. I thought I was one of a kind, quite frankly! An odd bird that no one's ever going to understand. Boy, little did I know...

Anyhow, glad to be here!



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08 Nov 2022, 11:15 am

Welcome, Man :)

I believe you will like it here.



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08 Nov 2022, 11:48 am

Welcome to WP! It sounds like it should be a good place for you to frequent.

I was also pleased by my diagnosis. It explained so much!


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08 Nov 2022, 12:28 pm

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09 Nov 2022, 10:30 am

Welcome.



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09 Nov 2022, 6:21 pm

Welcome to Wrong Planet! :D

I also am 32 and was diagnosed with AS when I was 13.


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09 Nov 2022, 9:08 pm

Welcome to Wrong Planet :D.

I am the "silent type" too. Lorna Wing, the psychiatrist who coined "the spectrum" came up with 4 types, our type named "passive" Lorna Wing types.

I don't think I realized how different I was until I started school. I remember I had a school mate who received the same distain from the other classmates that I did. However, he was quite different and had a loud oddness. I'm sure he was one of us but I didn't see the connection at the time.

The joke is "What is the worst advice you can give an aspie? Answer: Be yourself". I was so bad at masking I actually learned new techniques here. For example, near eye contact looks better than no eye contact.

Enjoy your time here.


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10 Nov 2022, 9:26 am

Welcome. It sounds like you are in the right place.


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13 Nov 2022, 6:42 am

welcome, its a great group with lots of insights and wisdom to share. Glad you are with us.


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13 Nov 2022, 7:28 am

Lol love your name. Surprises me it wasn't taken.



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26 Nov 2022, 6:05 pm

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26 Nov 2022, 6:50 pm

Cafeaulait wrote:
Lol love your name. Surprises me it wasn't taken.


Haha, I was thinking this also. :D



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26 Nov 2022, 6:55 pm

Welcome.