i was diagnosed at 50 along with my grandson, after working hard all my life and raising children too. i was happy to be diagnosed becase i felt ahhhh there is the missing peice,,
it explained why i was the way i am ,,and i felt relief, now i can understand why i am the way i am,,and also the family realized that my grand mother and aunt and son and grandson have aspergers, so when i started to realize ok now i can start to heal some family relationships and friendships i did...not all some nt's just will never understand me and they said they do not roll with those labels,,,i feel more sory for them because they are missing out on a wonderful relationship...
i think more and more people and children are being born on the spectrun, because we have a better way of being, we are smart and organized and well i personally hate to lie, before i was retired i was an excellent worker for hospice, i was a ceritfied nurse assistant , and i the head nurse always loved me because i was very good with detail.
so why would we say this is aspegers is a bad thing,,i would not,,
i think it is a condition that has devoloped from evolution and that we are evolving into a new and better human spesies,,,
they think albert enstine had aspergers and steven steilburg also, no i do not think this is a awful diagnose i think it is an evolved one,
any way sorry for my yuc spelling i just woke up and can not find spell check,,,thank you lizannie
Hi, I'm new here, too.
I'm 64, and just overwhelmed to realize that I could have AS. I've just started reading and watching videos.
I'm interested in starting a new discussion group for people who are newly considering the possibility that they have AS and want to chat with others as they explore the topic. Would you be interested in that?
The book 'The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome' by Tony Attwood has been very helpful to me. A lot of the book is about children, but there is still a lot of information that was helpful to me. I checked out a copy from the local library before buying a copy.
His website has a lot of interesting information as well http://www.tonyattwood.com.au/
I was just diagnose last year (in my very late 40's). It has been strange to read about AS in a book and see how much of it sounds like me.
I'm reading Attwood's book now. I got it in digital format so I can read it on my computer. I'm finding his website very helpful, too. I'm also finding Aspergirl's very helpful by Rudy Simone. I just started noticing all the similarities in my life a few weeks ago.
This is really hard to find out later in life. When we were small there was no name for what we had. I was held back in first grade because I couldn't develop socially and they didn't dare to let me advance even though I could do the academic work. I played differently from other kids, was "extraordinarily emotionally underdeveloped" (an exact quote my mother gave me) and I isolated; would not make friends. I was 15 when they first diagnosed me, however back then when I went for a second opinion an older doctor told me that only boys have Aspergers. I was diagnosed with ADHD, PTSD and Defiance. I was pretty much used to test medication. None of them worked. I have sense refused all medication. Changing diet seems to help the most. This year I am 33 and I was just re-diagnosed with Aspergers and ADHD with attention and impulsivity issues that are less than 2% of the world population. I have had a terrible time with relationships/friendships and with keeping a job. I have spent many years on the street from age 16 up. I am in college now. I work very hard and my grades are high honors but I am still unable to make friends. I have physical impulses that I can't control and this causes people to avoid me. They don't understand why I act strangely. I never had any trouble with empathy or compassion. I find that this is a horrible mis-understanding of people on the spectrum. We come off as less empathetic because we are so over-whelmed by emotions that we don't know how to act. So we actually feel MORE than most NTs or it just effects us on more severe levels. Not having compassion is a terrible stereotype. I do wish you a great deal of luck finding support, sense this seems to be our biggest challenge.