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I was recently diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome, I also have longstanding A.D.H.D. I'm really struggling, it's difficult find and keep work, I find it impossible to be around people. I'm worried they'll find me "different". I spoke to doctors and employment specialists. They've pretty much agreed it's impossible for me to work due to a host of other problems. (Such as Psychosis) My brother has Autism too and is in the exact same boat as me. We pretty much stay at home and do nothing. We're completely cared for by our mum. I'm worried about our future. We're from a not well-off working class family and rely heavily on Government support for our day to say existence.

What are your stories? And any advice for me?

I've decided to do a degree with the OU, (French) they also offer an MA in Translation. Hopefully I can work freelance from home as a you guessed it translator. There's a lot of pressure on me to succeed though...
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My brother, 17, was also recently diagnosed as autistic. We've struggled until now to understand why he is the way he is, but now that we have been given a diagnosis for him, it makes it a lot easier to understand his thoughts. As he's still under 18, the struggle we're finding is his interest in careers. He was very set on one career (which is out of reach for 99% of the population and will take a lot of money that we don't have to get him there), and we've had to explain to him that it is unrealistic and to find another path that interests him. He has now adjusted his interests and had found a career path that will allow him to develop prospects of his own, once qualified.

Do you both have interests in anything beyond the home? Whether it be vehicular, sport, academia, art, photography, pretty much anything? Developing interests that can bring you outside of the home could be useful for you both in regards to your mental health. Not everything has to cost money. People have a greater understanding of autism in present-day as it may previously have been thought of. You're not 'different' per say, you just have a different way of thinking/doing things to typical people, and the best part is you're completely unique. No two individuals on the spectrum have their autism present in the same way!

In terms of work, have you ever thought of freelancing in any particular speciality? For instance, painting, creating cards, writing, sewing.. literally anything. You can have a look at examples on etsy where a lot of freelance work is sold, and you can do it all in your own time under your own rules (of course slightly limited by delivery periods but not every situation is absolutely perfect). There is no pressure from colleagues or having to be around people.

It's hard not to put pressure on yourself to do well, however if you're determined and you find a passion in your degree, I'm sure you will be amazing at it.

I hope this helps in any way it can.
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i'm 30 and had psychosis for 10-12 years now. recently i was diagnosed with autism and can relate to your situation. it's hard for us as my mum needs to help so that i can get by, i rely heavily on government support and living support. i had to leave a previous degree (we thought it was mental health) but it was mental health and autism. i'm getting on by though, it's just i haven't told anyone out of close family and it can be quite hard.
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My brother, 17, was also recently diagnosed as autistic. We've struggled until now to understand why he is the way he is, but now that we have been given a diagnosis for him, it makes it a lot easier to understand his thoughts. As he's still under 18, the struggle we're finding is his interest in careers. He was very set on one career (which is out of reach for 99% of the population and will take a lot of money that we don't have to get him there), and we've had to explain to him that it is unrealistic and to find another path that interests him. He has now adjusted his interests and had found a career path that will allow him to develop prospects of his own, once qualified.

Do you both have interests in anything beyond the home? Whether it be vehicular, sport, academia, art, photography, pretty much anything? Developing interests that can bring you outside of the home could be useful for you both in regards to your mental health. Not everything has to cost money. People have a greater understanding of autism in present-day as it may previously have been thought of. You're not 'different' per say, you just have a different way of thinking/doing things to typical people, and the best part is you're completely unique. No two individuals on the spectrum have their autism present in the same way!

In terms of work, have you ever thought of freelancing in any particular speciality? For instance, painting, creating cards, writing, sewing.. literally anything. You can have a look at examples on etsy where a lot of freelance work is sold, and you can do it all in your own time under your own rules (of course slightly limited by delivery periods but not every situation is absolutely perfect). There is no pressure from colleagues or having to be around people.

It's hard not to put pressure on yourself to do well, however if you're determined and you find a passion in your degree, I'm sure you will be amazing at it.

I hope this helps in any way it can.
For getting out the house, I hope to go to my local library to study French there. That'll be what gets me out of the house hopefully! I just have a bit of a wait until October.

For work I decided on a Freelance Translation career. Hopefully it works out for me.

Thank you for a very helpful response.
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