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Howdy all!

The Blazin' dude again. So, this past week, I received an Autism diagnosis for the first time in my life. I'm 32 and I just now gaining context for some of the struggles I have dealt with my whole life. I'm curious if i have any comrades in this situation in the crowd. You don't need to post in this thread if you do not want to, but I'm looking for others to walk with in these early days as I adjust many of my perspectives on life.

Look forward to chatting with y'all! (To tjhe yankees in the crowd, that's southern for Yous Guys).
 
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Howdy all!

The Blazin' dude again. So, this past week, I received an Autism diagnosis for the first time in my life. I'm 32 and I just now gaining context for some of the struggles I have dealt with my whole life. I'm curious if i have any comrades in this situation in the crowd. You don't need to post in this thread if you do not want to, but I'm looking for others to walk with in these early days as I adjust many of my perspectives on life.

Look forward to chatting with y'all! (To tjhe yankees in the crowd, that's southern for Yous Guys).
The type on it one the spectrum?
 
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Ermm...I'm not aware of any diagnosis of Autism outside of the Spectrum. Are you asking about the 'Type' I was classified with?
 
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Yes Asperger's is on the Autism specturm, at least according to the DSM-5. That's probably lumped in with Level 1's of today. My psychologist (I know you ancient users have been expecting that line from me for a long time) used the classical term, High Functioning Autism. I believe the DSM-4 had High Functioning and Asperger's as separate. A Psychologist would be better at this one.
 
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hi. I am glad that you can now put a name "diagnosis" to your troubles and difficulties you've encountered. I hope and pray you can find a compassionate professional to help you with whatever lies ahead.
 
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All forms of autism have now been lumped together depending upon how much support a person needs. It doesn't really give a good idea of the specific challenges an individual experiences. There are vast differences between individuals categorized as level 1. Someone with IQ of 130 has a much different experience in school from someone with an IQ of 80. Someone with normal sensory perception can function in a greater variety of work situations than someone who is overwhelmed by office lights and sounds. Someone who can sit still can work in more environments that someone who rocks back and forth.
 

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Know the feeling as diagnosed with Asperger's myself. And really took a long time to accept it. Not easy. But with the right kind of medication and counseling it helped me out.
 
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All forms of autism have now been lumped together depending upon how much support a person needs. It doesn't really give a good idea of the specific challenges an individual experiences. There are vast differences between individuals categorized as level 1. Someone with IQ of 130 has a much different experience in school from someone with an IQ of 80. Someone with normal sensory perception can function in a greater variety of work situations than someone who is overwhelmed by office lights and sounds. Someone who can sit still can work in more environments that someone who rocks back and forth.
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Well, let me throw this into the mix!
Pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified.
PDDNOS
One could have pdd or pddnos.

The profs use this when they don't understand exactly what's going on.
And this is often with low scale autisim. And especially with children.

I've often thought about children being called dumb because they couldn't do school work or learn life functions, or slow because they had difficulty in social settings,,,,all the time having low grade autism or maybe the above. It's very sad.

I can assure the OP that life will be easier now.
Find the problem, you find the cure.
 

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Howdy all!

The Blazin' dude again. So, this past week, I received an Autism diagnosis for the first time in my life. I'm 32 and I just now gaining context for some of the struggles I have dealt with my whole life. I'm curious if i have any comrades in this situation in the crowd. You don't need to post in this thread if you do not want to, but I'm looking for others to walk with in these early days as I adjust many of my perspectives on life.

Look forward to chatting with y'all! (To tjhe yankees in the crowd, that's southern for Yous Guys).
Greetings. I don't know a lot about Autism but do know a few who have it. If I'm reading your post correctly, you had struggles you faced but no answer to the why. Now you have something you can work with, knowing the condition (is that the right word?) When I first came down with depression, I was a mess. I had zero idea what was going on. Panic attacks and daily anxiety seemed to come out of nowhere (after I turned 50). It actually took a few years to find out what was really going on with me and to my surprise, half of my siblings were going through the same thing. The symptoms my sister and brothers show are very similar. Knowledge is power and knowing the why helps with the what next. I wish you all God's best.
 
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All forms of autism have now been lumped together depending upon how much support a person needs. It doesn't really give a good idea of the specific challenges an individual experiences. There are vast differences between individuals categorized as level 1. Someone with IQ of 130 has a much different experience in school from someone with an IQ of 80. Someone with normal sensory perception can function in a greater variety of work situations than someone who is overwhelmed by office lights and sounds. Someone who can sit still can work in more environments that someone who rocks back and forth.
I agree that the most recent changes do not do Autism as much help as they think. The individual differences are very important, as are the personality differences between the Neurologically typical. This is an area that should be re-assessed by the professional field.
 
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Greetings. I don't know a lot about Autism but do know a few who have it. If I'm reading your post correctly, you had struggles you faced but no answer to the why. Now you have something you can work with, knowing the condition (is that the right word?) When I first came down with depression, I was a mess. I had zero idea what was going on. Panic attacks and daily anxiety seemed to come out of nowhere (after I turned 50). It actually took a few years to find out what was really going on with me and to my surprise, half of my siblings were going through the same thing. The symptoms my sister and brothers show are very similar. Knowledge is power and knowing the why helps with the what next. I wish you all God's best.
You got it, right there! For me, the diagnosis is crucial context needed for processing my life. For me, the real life impacts are not as pronounced as others. If I did not tell someone, they would not know. Obviously I made it to 32 without anyone asking me if I was autistic. So in this sense I've been blessed in being able to fit in and achieve some level of professional success. However, I knew that parts of who I am was holding me back and I didn't understand those things. I am very excited to bring greater context and understanding into my life at this point.
 

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You got it, right there! For me, the diagnosis is crucial context needed for processing my life. For me, the real life impacts are not as pronounced as others. If I did not tell someone, they would not know. Obviously I made it to 32 without anyone asking me if I was autistic. So in this sense I've been blessed in being able to fit in and achieve some level of professional success. However, I knew that parts of who I am was holding me back and I didn't understand those things. I am very excited to bring greater context and understanding into my life at this point.
I wish you all God's best. It sounds like you have done well for yourself despite the struggles you faced. Like the saying goes: When life gives you a lemon, make some lemon-aid. Knowledge is power. It's also answers a lot of questions and gives hope. Facing struggles in life and dealing with them head-on, also gives one an empathetic heart to others who are struggling.

I'm off to sub in a kindergarten class today. I retired at the end of the last school year after 28 years. Two more days of subbing and that will have been a full week. Then I'm taking a month off to recover! :lol 5 year olds! The stories I could tell. Why God made me to be a Mr Rogers and not a Bruce Willis I don't know. But I'm glad for it! God bless! Have a great day!
 

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