My blog started out being about ASD, and my diagnostic journey. As I am wont to digress, it has become about much broader, yet pertinent topics.
This is my theory: As society is changing so rapidly, and ASD symptoms become better understood, it feels like the distinctions are being integrated into the human spectrum. I observe these symptoms in almost everyone, to one degree or another. Stimming: Do you know anyone who does not engage in some type of behavior to calm themselves when they feel out of control? I don’t.
This, I believe, is why diagnostics and criteria have changed in the DSMV. Like many Aspie’s and HF Autists, I have mixed feelings. I flailed about, unable to find my footing for years. I was subject to scorn and judgement in the workplace and society at large, and help was not available. it was socially acceptable for people to label me a lazy brat, and subsequently disregard me. If not for lucking into my current job, where I’m allowed to be quirky and a bit odd, I would be stuck in neutral and further down the spiral.
To those of you who feel stuck: It is sooo difficult always feeling out of place, and life presents unique challenges for those of our ilk. I sincerely desire for those who feel this way to experience this awakening and connection with me. Please do not lose hope. Each of us is here for a specific reason. My sincerest hope is to get as many people involved in this conversation as possible, to promote greater understanding, and ease this difficult transition.
Love & well wishes. Namaste.