I've always known I'm a little differently wired, more sensitive to sound, smell, crowds (never stuck around for school dinners 😬) etc and now with all this talk about women being diagnosed much later with Autism as they are far more skilled at masking and mimicking, Yep got that T shirt too!
I thought everyone did a bit of grin and bear it...
I can't personally see why I need a diagnosis to label me... it's just the way I am?
But I have found over the last few years that I care even less about fitting in and complying, happy in my own skin and far more likely to go my own way rather than toe the line and conform.... just wondered if anyone else found this and whether the 3 things are connected?
Or is it just an age thing and a rather more devil may care attitude do you think? Regardless of the autism traits?
Just curious 🤗
Isn't it great that society seems to be becoming more accepting and tolerant of individuality😃! At least Western societies generally I think. I feel sorry for the pressure to conform in other parts of the world but I tend to think of it as being closely related to human rights issues.I've heard the argument about labels and I'm all for naming conditions, recognising the presentations, challenges and opportunities where appropriate.
Children I know, who have struggled through early school years find a great burden lifted when their behaviour and feelings are identified as some of these increasingly familiar acronyms, so long as they can access necessary supports and be treated with respect.
I've suspected recently that there may be a link between these conditions and similar ones too, arising from inflammation. Hopefully we'll learn more as technology advances.
Sometimes there's not a lot to celebrate about getting older apart from that feeling of letting go of concerns about people's opinions 😃
Great sentiment 👏🤗 yes I agree wholeheartedly about recognising and accommodating these variations in children
I wonder the necessity of us oldies being labelled when we have lived and learnt 👕
Great post. I am sure I am a bit on the spectrum and have just last week had my ADHD confirmed at 56. An important point is how much energy you can use masking and fitting in. It is making an important differences to me dropping this behaviour, albeit at the cost of friendships.