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DJ.Sprockets
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03 Aug 2019, 4:38 pm

Hi. I’m 46 and was unofficially diagnosed by a professional at Univ. Washington Medical Center in March of this year. I can not afford an Official Diagnosis because I only have State sponsored medical insurance. But having her tell me that I am more than likely on the Spectrum was a huge relief. Pretty much everything that has been “wrong” in my head since I started forming memories can now be explained. For that I am grateful.
I have only told a few people that are close to me, but I’m apprehensive about going public with it because I don’t have that Official Diagnosis. I also don’t want to sound like I’m using it as an excuse for what people consider rude behavior. I’m afraid of what people will think of me after I tell them and I believe I’m woefully unprepared for the slew of questions they may ask.
I especially don’t want to talk to my family about it. Not that they are horrible people in any way, it’s that I just want to be done with my past life (when I still lived at home before I left at age 25), and we’ve never really talked about anything more significant than the weather.
I should stop there before I get really deep into it. I just wanted to say ‘hi’ and maybe find some people in my area that are in the same boat.
Thanks.

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03 Aug 2019, 4:54 pm

Hello and welcome.


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03 Aug 2019, 10:52 pm

Seattle has an in-person support/social group you might want be interested in: The Square Peg Social Club of Washington, for autistic adults, with meetings in various cities in Washington state including Seattle. See also its Meetup site here.

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DJ.Sprockets
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04 Aug 2019, 1:05 am

Mountain Goat wrote:
Hello and welcome.

Thanks!



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04 Aug 2019, 1:06 am

Mona Pereth wrote:
Seattle has an in-person support/social group you might want be interested in...

Wonderful! I'll have to check it out. Thanks!



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04 Aug 2019, 5:21 am

Hi, I also found my recent diagnosis provided me with a lot of answers, but I’m frightened to tell people too, just in case they misunderstand.

I feel I need to do my own research on autism and work out what it means to me first before telling too many people. That way I have my own answers inside of me. Sorry to hear your communication with your family isn't up to the discussion



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04 Aug 2019, 1:23 pm

Welcome to Wrong Planet! :D


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04 Aug 2019, 3:17 pm

Welcome to Wrong Planet!


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04 Aug 2019, 3:23 pm

Welcome to WP. You don't have to tell anyone. Get used to the idea yourself first. Just my 2c.


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