When did you start to know you were different?

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28 Aug 2008, 1:04 am

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Also, eating so slowly in first grade. It was policy that in order to leave the cafeteria, one would have to eat all their food. I simply couldn't do this! And I wouldn't leave either! I can't remember how I escaped that place! :lol:
hehe, i remember this. i could be eating for hours to finish one plate and i still do. i was different already as a new born. constantly crying very routine oriented. started walking and talking very late. i could never fit with the other children. i was a little hell for the teacher in the kindergarten. i cannot say when i realized it, though. its like i always knew.


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28 Aug 2008, 1:26 am

I've known for as long as I can remember.

Indeed, it's right in the post where I introduced myself in the "Getting to know each other" forum:

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As far back as I can remember, I've felt I was different from the other people around me. I didn't know how; I just knew that everyone else seemed different. ... I don't know what the other kids thought of me when I was very young - I didn't know or care until the abuse started - but by the time I was eight or nine, the fact that I was different from them must have been as apparent to them as it was to me. I began to be subjected to a sort of low-level abuse that is very typical. As I got older, this escalated until I was totally socially isolated and was subjected to extreme verbal and lighter physical abuse.



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28 Aug 2008, 1:34 am

Heh, you reminded me of something tomamil. My mother used to tell me the way I cried was the oddest thing, I kind of "mewled" I guess (don't want to compare myself to a puppy, just the way she describes the sound of it). It's funny, cos she said it was actually "nice" sounding, and not irritating like a normal baby's cry (IE-not blood curdling), but as I grew up things changed and I was later the number one source for annoyance...


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28 Aug 2008, 4:58 am

Around the age of 7.I knew because I became aware of a change in my own internal thought
processes.Instead of doing things instinctively I'd started to think more about everything.I
could tell that this was different from my friends,who seemed to continue to do things in the
same instinctive and natural way they always had.It's possible that until I was 7 I'd been
'NT' but that my AS had been dormant and was 'triggered' around that time.


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28 Aug 2008, 5:49 am

I've always known, but it wasn't until about age 14 that I took notice.



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28 Aug 2008, 5:55 am

The better question to ask [to me] is:

When did you start to know that others were different [beings]?

25 here (or was it 24? I always forget).



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28 Aug 2008, 6:10 am

I remember I was about 3 - 5 years old when I was once watching my mother and sister, they seemed so comfortable and natural in this world whereas to me it was a bewildering world.


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28 Aug 2008, 6:26 am

I dunno about feeling "different", but i definitely identify with always being "wrong" about lots of things. plus, i was an ugly kid, so i always figured that was the reason no one wanted to associate with me.


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28 Aug 2008, 6:43 am

When my sister said 'you're a little bit autistic.'



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28 Aug 2008, 7:08 am

it wasnt untill i got to the age where freinds became more important tht i stared to notice i was differnt i never worried at primary school as i loved learning and cant remember being unhappy as i was always entertained



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28 Aug 2008, 10:22 am

When I was about 11-13 years old after I was bullied throughout whole 5th and 6th grade.

I realised that others people were real too, considered themselves as normal and expected something out me.

And then I realised that meant they concluded I was a freak, seeing how I didn't comply to their standards.

Still can't believe it and have trouble managing that. Well, I have a lifetime of time to get that others are supposedly normal people.


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28 Aug 2008, 10:51 am

what a question: always im sure everyone knew he/she whas diffrent he/se's life long not meaning that
you knew you where aspie but still you always knew you wheer diffrent and if you dont you might be really very very positive



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28 Aug 2008, 10:52 am

I'd say when I was 10, after my diagnoses. I started talking to people and didn't always feel the same..



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28 Aug 2008, 1:33 pm

JohnHopkins wrote:
When my sister said 'you're a little bit autistic.'

When did she say that? I mean, approximately how old were you, and how old was she?



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28 Aug 2008, 1:37 pm

4, I realised my brother wasn't working out strings of numbers, or repeating words.



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28 Aug 2008, 4:05 pm

I never knew about it until I was diagnosed at about 8. Looking back on myself, however, all the characteristics are there.