Delay in learning to speak properly as a child resulting in regular visits to a speech therapist till the age of 9. To this day I find speech very hard work.
Social imagination / Theory of mind
Inability to understand people’s intent, what they really mean when they are talking to me.This makes me feel very un-confident around people and as a result I tend to assume they are angry with me and I get angry and defensive very quickly.
I have always preferred to be alone as being in social settings with most people brings up all sorts of anxiety, wondering if I am “getting it right”
Auditory processing difficulties. Along with my inability to “read” people I also have great difficulty in processing what they are saying to me and only really take in a small amount of information.
Extremely underdeveloped ability to regulate emotions. My emotions are on the edge the whole time waiting to erupt. This often happens through the frustration of not being able to make myself understood through my speech difficulties but also if someone is for example standing to close to me on the bus or talking to loudly when I’m on the train. I will find another seat or even move to another carriage. Not seeing the whole picture / Weak central coherence.Feeling very insecure in the world because I tend to see to see things in small details and I don’t get a sense of how everything fits together.
Planning and organizational difficulties
Planning things and organizing my time is extremely difficult for lots of reasons. Not seeing the “whole picture” makes ithard to plan ahead. I can’t really form a mental picture of what I’m supposed to do.
Co Morbid Conditions
Severe social anxiety, OCD and chronic depression.
Difficulty with Sleeping
Mostly as a baby / child, I would have great difficulty getting to sleep resulting in intervention from child psychologists
Stomach/Abdominal problems (Possibly Gastroenteritis)
As a child I would have constant bouts of severe stomach pain resulting in numerous observational stays in hospital
With sudden loud noises and very quiet sounds that are in the background. People sitting or standing to close to me on the bus or train for example especially if they bump into me or have any physical contact.
Very sensitive to itchy fabrics and tight clothing.
Let me know if you can relate to these symptoms and how differ from yours