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Does anyone feel really normal and embarrassed?

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Sofi
  for me most time I at odds with the stuff going on around me, if i think to long id never go out... 

 

I feel exactly the same - and I hardly ever do go out ....

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mary

I'm not embarrassed by my diagnosis and I'm not really worried if people know or not.  I'm not defined by the diagnosis and I've managed to carve out a little life for myself... whether it'd be the life that I'd really want, who knows.  I don't know any other life, so I've made the best of it.  I'm hoping that now that I know why I'm 'different' I can start to understand myself better.  I've always known I'm different, I just didn't know why.

 

I guess for me I have been stubborn and almost fought it, without knowing what 'it' was.  I hate using the phone and very rarely call people, but for work I have to and I have forced myself to deal with it in that environment.  I used to hate ringing people up for work but now I find it's pretty much second nature.  The one thing I have great difficulty in doing is changing the way I work though... I'm often told that I should slow down and stop being a perfectionist, but I can't help it and I'm like it with whatever I do.  I do wonder how much OCD I have to be honest!

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Willow
I'm often told that I should slow down and stop being a perfectionist, but I can't help it and I'm like it with whatever I do.  I do wonder how much OCD I have to be honest!

 

I sometimes wonder if I have other things - like OCD - but to be honest the small amount of traits to others things that I show are usually just overlap between whatever it is and AS anyway. I'm fed up of thinking about myself in terms of what I might or might not have, and just think 'oh well, it's me - get on with it!'.

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I sometimes wonder if I have other things - like OCD - but to be honest the small amount of traits to others things that I show are usually just overlap between whatever it is and AS anyway. I'm fed up of thinking about myself in terms of what I might or might not have, and just think 'oh well, it's me - get on with it!'.

 

I don't like to think of myself in terms of what diagnosis I might or might not have either, but I often joke with people about the OCD... and then I think, well if I have who cares...

 

I have this habit of sniffing cups / glasses before I will put a drink in them, have done for as long as I can remember.  I also sniff food before I'll eat it, drinks before I drink them... you get the picture!  I also have other OCD traits, but it'd be too boring to go into it all! ;)

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Toran
  for me most time I at odds with the stuff going on around me, if i think to long id never go out... 

I can understand what you mean its very difficult im like that a lot of the time myself.

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Toran

Just as a point really what is normal who defines normal can we judge ourselves as normal or must we be defined as normal by society? Who decides whats exceptable.

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