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  1. gallerypiece

    Receiving a diagnosis

    Hello everyone! I haven’t posted on here in quite some time. Things with my family have been rough as usual but I have some great news! On March 7th I was officially diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder Level 1. I have been going through mental health evaluations since the beginning of January. This means a lot to me because I’be been struggling with sensory issues, communication issues, and self regulatory issues for as long as I can remember. I struggled all throughout school and now as a 20 year old I’ve been struggling living as an adult with a job and a car and stuff. Now that I’ve received this diagnosis I can apply for disability, which will allow me to have an income and be able to pursue my career choices (tattooing or reptile breeding) and I can do it al out of my own home! Thanks for reading and being here for me, I’m glad I can officially say I’m autistic and can join the community without feeling invalid bc of a lack of a diagnosis. I will make a post going a bit more in depth about getting diagnosed and how everything went for me.
  2. Howdy, My name is Zac, and I'm 51. Recently I have been "officially" diagnosed with autism. It's always something I've struggled with Through the diagnostic process, I learned that I don't suffer from Aspergers; through very early intervention (both at home and early career) I'm very high functioning and my autism expresses itself in more subtle ways. The feedback that I received from the diagnostic team was that because of my age and conditioning I can pull off neuro-normative for about an hour, but after that I start to give away signs that those are just affectations that I've learned to apply, but the longer I go the harder those affectations are to sustain. I have been extremely fortunate to have had a long career in Information Technology, but after fifteen years with my last employer, I left. I had never struggled with finding a new job, so I left without having something else already lined up, but I have had nothing but problems in finding a new job. When I started in IT, the field was dominated by Engineering types, where knowledge/talent/ability was all that mattered. But, it would seem over the past 10 years, there are now more MBA types in IT than Engineering types, and they have put in place hiring practices that put way more importance on cultural fit than ability. Over the past five years, I have interviewed with many companies, big and small. Twice with Amazon in Seattle, but I was not able to complete their behavioral interviewing process either time. I even reached out to the Microsoft Autism hiring program, but all they were interested in hiring were programmers. While I'm a very good programmer it is not something I can sustain full-time, especially now that Agile project management is the dominant methodology. I am fortunate to be in a long term relationship (18yrs), married for five, but in leaving my job our household income is now only 1/3 of what it was. The last several years I have subsidized our household through income generated by investments. It's nowhere near what I was making, but it was enough to survive comfortably, but last quarter's stock crash decimated my investments, meaning they are no longer generating income; not only that but the hit was substantial enough to reduce my principle, meaning not only do I no longer have any income but it will probably be a year or two before the principle regenerates itself enough to generate any additional income. It seems my biggest problem now is that during a long interview I start to throw up red flags, but what I seem unable to convey is that those red flags need to be put into a context of a 34+ year career. One doesn't work for Walt Disney World(3yrs), Hewlett-Packard(6yrs), and Cisco Systems(15yrs) and not know how to navigate interpersonal dynamics, but I have been unsuccessful in conveying that. The group that diagnosed me (the TEACCH program through the University of NC Chapel Hill), have scheduled sessions to try to work with me to see if there is a way that I can convey that the red flags that interviewers might sense need to be put into the right context. Starting next week, I also have some sessions with a Vocational Rehabilitation program, to see what resources they can help me with. I'm grocking that there are several issues at play. My age is a big one; I'm getting the sense that nobody quite believes that someone of my age is as technically savvy as I am [much less 9 out of 10 times more technically savvy than them!]. Which I don't understand when they are looking right at my resume.{shrug} My guess is that anyone my age that started in technology has moved on to Management? The second issue at play is that I don't have a professional "network". I think most people at my level of expertise find new opportunities through people that they have worked with in the past, but I always viewed "networking" as a huge waste of time, so, I spent no time in establishing those sorts of professional relationships. I have always viewed work/roles/people as functions; as long as those functions were working as intended why invest resources in them, and if they weren't working as intended then my job was to fix them, which I've come to realize runs counter to establishing positive interpersonal relationships. So now I'm at the mercy of going through the same hiring processes that are designed for people that don't have my level of ability (nor disability). So I'm starting to feel... ...fear(?). Which is not an emotion that I am familiar with. For whatever reason, my career has always been effortless, so I don't understand why things seem to suddenly be going off the rails. So anyway, sorry to ramble (apparently 'too verbose' is the number one negative feedback that I receive in interviews), but I just need to connect with anyone that may have had similar struggles, and discuss if/how you overcame them. Thanks! -Zac
  3. FyfthElement

    A family of aspergers

    Oh where to begin. Hi, I'm Laura. I'm 31, married and a mother of two daughters. My husband was recently diagnosed with Aspergers a couple years ago. I always knew he was quirky, loved him for it, and learned how to cope when he became overwhelmed, which happened multiples times a day. He's done very well since he wasn't diagnosed till he was 43 years old. He ended up getting his dream job to work as a software engineer for Microsoft this year. I've done my best over the years in helping him understand social situations and how to respond, even when he thinks people are being ludicrous. My 7 yr old daughter is a highly sensitive child. Which has its own complications but nothing that patience and love can't overcome. My youngest, 4, appears to have the majority of symptoms of Aspergers, including hyperlexia. She wants to make friends, but when she is around a group of people she just hangs around on the edges and watches everyone and then promptly goes off in a fantasy world. Emotions overwhelm her so easily. I learned early on never to ask her to look at me when we are having a discussion, it simply imitimidates and scares her. She has a single focus, cats, and everything around her has to do with cats. She swears that she is half cat. She is also what many people call an old soul. She talks about things that I know I have never introduced to her and her vocabulary is insane. She asks all sorts of philosophical questions that I can't possibly answer. Preschool was a nightmare for her, so I'm homeschooling them both. I've had conversations with her many times in which she doesn't feel she belongs to this world. I don't know what step to take. Any suggestions would be helpful because I know that I need help. To make matters worse, I went to a developmental psychologist to "test" the waters and he said that based on my history, that I likely have aspergers as well. I've been manipulated by too many doctors myself to even trust that. I feel like my family is some test pilot program.
  4. myphoria

    New to this whole concept

    Hi guys, I'm 25, female and from Australia. About 6 months ago, my long-term partner was diagnosed with ASD. Following this, I spent a great deal of time reading about ASD and developed a keen eye for ASD related books, articles, websites, documentaries, etc. Everything ASD-related, I had to read/watch. I eventually stumbled across an article about how eating disorders in women may serve as a red flag for undiagnosed ASD. I suffered from severe anorexia nervosa during my teens/early 20s, and whilst I initially thought nothing of the article (even feeling that it was a bunch of nonsense at first) it planted a seed of thought in my mind. I soon discovered that ASD generally presents differently in males and females, and coming across various lists of female traits made me suspicious about myself. I didn't want to feel like I was encroaching on my partner's diagnosis, but the sensory issues, social anxiety, extreme introversion, chronic depression and other factors really resonated with me. I made an appointment with a specialist in female ASD and underwent a series of tests and interviews; she eventually concluded that based on the results of those tests and my personal history, I have ASD, or Asperger's by old DSM definition. I don't really know how to feel about it all at this stage. In some ways, it explains so much, but in other ways it feels new and confusing/overwhelming. There are some ASD traits that don't fit for me, which has left me with doubt... but when I think about it, my partner doesn't display ALL of the symptoms either (i.e. no real sensory issues), and he is undeniably on the spectrum. It's a weird place to suddenly find myself... everything feels a bit "up in the air", and I don't know whether I have the right to "accept" the diagnosis or not. The specialist has a lot of experience in the field and worked under Tony Attwood for many years... but I am also aware that unintentional bias on either side could affect the test results. I guess I thought it might help me to find an online space to mingle with other people who might be experiencing the same things as I am...so, hello! I'm looking forward to participating in some of the discussions here and hopefully finding some like-minded people.
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