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03 Nov 2023, 7:44 pm

I just wanted to say hello. After a very long and frustrating journey, I was diagnosed with ASD last week. I have tried most of my life to find answers to why I think, feel and behave the way I do and to find someone that would honestly listen and take me seriously. A huge weight has been lifted off of me.


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03 Nov 2023, 7:50 pm

Canopy wrote:
I just wanted to say hello. After a very long and frustrating journey, I was diagnosed with ASD last week. I have tried most of my life to find answers to why I think, feel and behave the way I do and to find someone that would honestly listen and take me seriously. A huge weight has been lifted off of me.


I'm glad you found some answers! How does your diagnosis affect your life now that you finally have it?



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03 Nov 2023, 8:11 pm

It's a huge relief. I feel validated, like so many questions and unique things about my life, make total sense. I am happy, content in this knowledge. Wish I could have found out sooner, but hey, I'll take it.


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04 Nov 2023, 3:17 pm

\o/C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !\o/
\o/C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !\o/
\o/C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !\o/

It is wonderful to finally find out why people were always so odd, isn't it? :D

I was diagnosed soon before my 65th birthday and thought I cut it close. Much later and the key clue would've been gone.


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04 Nov 2023, 3:24 pm

Canopy wrote:
I just wanted to say hello. After a very long and frustrating journey, I was diagnosed with ASD last week. I have tried most of my life to find answers to why I think, feel and behave the way I do and to find someone that would honestly listen and take me seriously. A huge weight has been lifted off of me.


There is nothing worse than not knowing...


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04 Nov 2023, 3:31 pm

Canopy wrote:
It's a huge relief. I feel validated, like so many questions and unique things about my life, make total sense. I am happy, content in this knowledge. Wish I could have found out sooner, but hey, I'll take it.


I couldn't have written it better.

Congratulations on finding out the truth of who you are!


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Canopy
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04 Nov 2023, 5:46 pm

Thank you all. Definitely a celebratory moment. Still soaking it in. For me, it's the best birthday present I could have hoped for.


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04 Nov 2023, 5:53 pm

My mother is 76 now, and I’ve only just been diagnosed ASD and iADHD. She will never get tested, but the more I talk to her about my diagnosis, the more she is realising that my autism comes from her, and even stories about my grandmother reveal distinctive autistic traits.



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07 Nov 2023, 8:15 am

Welcome to Wrong Planet and congratulations.

There is some truth to the saying “It’s never too late”.


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17 Nov 2023, 11:14 am

Welcome! I was diagnosed at 56.


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17 Nov 2023, 12:41 pm

Such a relief it was to be diagnosed at 45 and find answers that just weren't available before.Best thing ever. All the very best for your future personal journey of discovery.

Welcome to WP.


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18 Nov 2023, 10:52 am

I guess I was lucky to be diagnosed at 48.


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JamesW
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18 Nov 2023, 3:30 pm

Congratulations! I was diagnosed just a few months ago, aged 59.


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18 Nov 2023, 3:34 pm

Congratulations!

Now you have the answers. I can imagine how much of a relief this is for you.


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18 Nov 2023, 3:39 pm

Welcome to WP, all you newbies.

If treatment or formal accommodations are needed then, I suppose, an early diagnosis is desirable.

Otherwise, I suspect it is better to not get formally assigned the label until you are well-enough established that the label won't get in your way (I'm guessing 40+ would be OK). For instance, one of the best things I've done for myself is time in the military...it has on-going advantages still. But, today, someone with the "Autism" label might be denied entrance to the U.S. military and lose out on the benefits it would've gained them.

I do not recommend waiting as long as I did for getting an Adult Autism Assessment, however. I was 64 when I got the diagnosis. Another year or two and the crucial clue would've been gone and I would never've sought an assessment.


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Canopy
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18 Nov 2023, 4:54 pm

Well, one thing about all of us late bloomers, we can agree, it's never to late.
Proud to be amoung fellow seekers.


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