In recent years, there has been an increasing amount of older adults being diagnosed with autistic spectrum disorder.
If, like me you were diagnosed with autism in your late 4o’s, we may share a similar story. It goes something like this:
- As a child in the 1960’s, or 1970’s, you suffered from anxiety and depression. You may have “stuck out” because you appeared different to the other children. You found school work difficult, and had a hard time understanding what the teacher was saying. As a result you often fell behind the other children.
- You may have been labelled as slow, maladjusted or even retarded. During your teenage years, you found it hard to make, or keep friends. If you were able to find work, except for a few high achieving aspies, you probably found mostly low paid jobs, and struggled to make a living.
- You may have been plagued by continuous mental health problems for most of your life. Your depression and anxiety seems to be untreatable even with medication and therapy.
- You have wondered why your life has always been so difficult, and why no one has been able to help you.
- Finally in your 40’s, 50’s or even 60’s, you’ve found out that you were on the autistic spectrum.
So does this story sound anything like yours?
Did you find that finally getting the correct diagnosis of autistic spectrum disorder, was a positive experience?
Share your experiences.
Thanks for reading Steve