So I'm really interested to know if anyone on this forum has been diagnosed with autism/aspergers or suspected they might be on the spectrum?
It's something that came up in my late teens as a query after some people noticed a lot of traits and I consistently scored highly on the autism quotient test, but I put it to the side for a while as a) I thought it was coincidence because a lot of the traits are just typical anorexia/anxiety/introvert traits anyway and b) as I recovered from the anorexia/anxiety the traits reduced. But it's been brought up again recently as I studied a module on autism for my degree and wrote an essay on the links between autism and anorexia (which there is actually quite a lot of research about - its a thing). We had to take the AQ test as part of the module, just for fun, and I still score higher than anyone else in the class, although it has reduced a few points since I was a teenager. I've also been talking to a friend who is an education professional, former anorexic and suspected aspie, and she's spoken about how autism is presented differently in girls and they are much better at adapting and empathising/socialising. And as I've thought about it more I've realised I've consciously adapted and taught myself how to manage some of those traits, and also that some of those traits are probably the reason my ED started in the first place.
Anyway, I just wanted to know other peoples thoughts - whether this was something you've thought about before, whether it's just a coincidence that both disorders share similar traits, whether anyone has been diagnosed with both, etc.