I got diagnosed age 20 (21 in June) with autism spectrum disorder/Aspergers earlier this week. I kind of expected it to feel like a bigger deal than it does? I'd suspected that I'm autistic for years and felt disabled, but I only got referred to see a specialist in autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders at a clinic last year, and I finally got my first appointment about a year later. Anybody else who got a diagnosis late - do you feel like it's changed your life much? Or do you just think of it as another label, not of great significance?
you may have autism ...but it is another label and shouldn't change who u really are......live like you would
I've not gone to uni yet so I know it should have academic implications in terms of the amount of support I'm entitled to, but other than that, like... I don't know who to tell? I'm not sure how useful just saying 'I have autism' will be if I want to communicate the difficulties I have to people, as I don't have a stereotypical presentation (hence my late diagnosis).
tell people who should know , e.g teachers, uni , friends..i do think they might understand any difficulties
personally I think you should tell them , about having autism ..just so they can know and you can be yourself around them .Trust me not everyone is ignorant and soon they will even forget that you mentioned that you were autistic... I have seen it happen with my friend she had Bipolar disorder , and she did tell everyone, but it didn't affect how people saw her ,she was never stigmatized. you might as well get it over and done with ...but it is your choice , and if you decide not to am sure they would never know you have autism. I hope this helps
Reasearch and find out as much about it as possible and the best strageies to deal with it. You need to understand how it affects you and have an open mind, becayse what you see might be differnt to what others do.
good luck, i hope it goes well for u
One thing I've heard of people needing is written instructions. I know that would help me (accompanied by spoken instructions - but if I'm just told stuff I don't remember it).
Tell teachers. If you've gotten to 20 without anyone really picking up on it then I assume its quite mild, I wouldnt use it as an opener, it might make people avoid you, or make them feel guilt-tripped into being nnice to you because they dont want to be seen as "the douchebag that stopped talking to the autistic kid because he found out he was autistic."
So what is the big deal? You have lived 20 years of your life. All of a sudden you get told that you are "autistic". So what? Had you known earlier would you have done things differently?
Be who you are. Not what a psychological profile tells you you are.