(Original post by Anonymous)
My Dad and little brother both have AS according to my mum. Neither of them have been formally diagnosed, but they seem like they are autistic.
I have not been diagnosed with Asperger's but I think I am autistic.
I have very focused interests (I call them 'obsessions'). These can be about a musical, and for several months this will be all I listen to. I will lean
the harmonies, history etc. And then after a few months it will change. I often have obsessions about particular people as well, and spend months finding out all about them, finding excuses to be near them etc. I am also very pedantic about grammar and spelling
, particularly the use of apostrophes.
I have always struggled in social situations. I don't understand social cues, metaphors or sarcasm and my girlfriend frequently gets upset with me because I fail to notice when she is upset, or to give her a compliment if she gives me one. Or sometimes I can recognise that she seems agitated but not know what to do about it, or be interested in something that I am doing so I don't want to do anything about it.
People often ask me if I am autistic due to the problems that I have in conversation and the fact that my speech is often very stilted and overly formal. Everything also has to be very precise. I really dislike situations that I can't anticipate. This means that I often decline invitations to other people's houses, because I haven't been there before and therefore don't know the layout and how to behave. Timings are also an issue. For example, on Sunday I will go out with my girlfriend. We have to have a table reservation, and I will plan our evening backwards from this time. It has to be planned in advance. I have also been told that I seem very naive. I sometimes have problems making eye contact, although this isn't as bad as it used to be. I enjoy social company, but struggle with large groups of people and after some time (about an hour with a large group, up to 5 hours with an individual), I feel overstimulated and want to get out of the situation in order to regather my energy.
When I was younger I had no friends of the same age. Most of my friends were 16+ when I was still 12. This has changed as I have got older, and I am now both able to maintain friendships with people my age, but also find them interesting.
I have many routines which I have to stick to. For example, for an exam my ruler is on the far left, with two black pens next to it. On the right I have my name sticker (pink), my duck rubber and a lucozade bottle with no label and a blue lid. If for any reason any of my routines is changed, or if a change occurs such as the rearranging of desks in a particular classroom, I can become very agitated.
My walk is awkward- I have been told that I look like a penguin when I walk.
I am highly intelligent- 15 A*s at GCSE and am predicted 7 As at AS, and have a good memory for facts and figures that I find interesting. I am also good at music and dance and enjoy writing stories and poems.
I am 17 and female.
There you have a brief overview of me. How likely is it that I may have Asperger's Syndrome? Is it worth me going to the doctor to ask for a diagnosis, and if so, how should I approach this. Is there any point to getting a diagnosis?
Feel free to ask if there is anything else you wish to know.