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Willow

So, how old were you? And was this a good or bad thing? ie. I was diagnosed in my late teens and it kind of sucked...to be honest. Because along with hormones, I really didn't need something else to deal with. I feel like I could have got more support through school had I been diagnosed earlier. :(

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Fireandshadows

I'm sorry it sucked for you, Willow. I was 17 when I got diagnosed (I'm 19 now) and I agree that I could have got a lot more help at school if I had known. However, it was also a great relief to finally have an explanation for why I was so different. I just wish I'd had that explanation earlier, it might have saved a few shreds of my self-esteem.

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Akirasugoineko

I god diagnosed at age of 27. Way too late. If I got diagnosen more early I could had had a chance to do school better and learn stuff like social interaction and stuff more early . Also Since I been diagnosed, i feel that I have less self eestem then before. 

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cassidyeden

Hey! I'm Cassidy! I was diagnosed at 17 and I'm 19 now. I wish I was diagnosed earlier.:(

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neron

I'm 19 and got diagnosed s few weeks ago. Too bad I didn't get diagnosed earlier as spent a lot of time why I was as I am. It is a nice feeling to know the reason.

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rooroo

  im  28   i  was  diagnosed  um  maybe  at age 24

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FireWire

It will be a year in march for when I got my diagnosis I will be 29 then, I had no help in school teachers thought I was just being difficult and left me to get on with it. I wish I had a diagnosis earlier as I would have got the help I needed at school instead of being left with no help and no support, I never had any friends in school I preferred to be on my own. I'm sure there where signs I was different but no one picked up on them. It wasn't until I got with my now fiancé that she noticed I was different, and pushed the doctors to find out what was up with me. At first they said I was just depressed but my fiancé thought there was more to it than just depression and within that week I got a referral to a specialist which was a long drawn out process, but they finally came back with a diagnosis for Asperger's Syndrome. it all makes sense now and all the peaces of the puzzle fit so to speak.

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Alex

I was diagnosed with AS at age 15, and I'm almost 18 now. I too wish I had been diagnosed earlier since my whole life has been filled with anxiety issues and social interaction issues, so I could have used the support.

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Erythrura

It's interesting to see that everyone here was diagnosed fairly 'late'. Did most of you realise that you had Aspergers before you were officially diagnosed? Did you receive any support after your diagnosis? 

 

I was diagnosed at 16. When I was 11, a teacher told my mother that she suspected me of having AS, but my mother had grown up with undiagnosed Aspies and thought it was all 'normal'. It took a while for her to realise exactly why I was having problems. 

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Heather

I was diagnosed with AS at age 16.  I had never heard of AS until they diagnosed me, I had hardly even heard of Autism.  I remember always being a "shy" and "quiet" child... very anxious too.  Then I got to grade 8 and I guess the school learning department saw I was different and I remember seeing this therapist.  Then in grade 11 there was a lot more, including a trip out to a nearby city to see this psychologist.  I didn't really get why.. just that it had something to do with my being shy and quiet.  I don't know what would have been different if I had been diagnosed earlier.  But I remember it was nice to put a reason behind why I sometimes feel different to other people.

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