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diagnosis - November 9th 2018, 02:14 PM

Hello all,
Not sure how to put this - so i'll be blunt and to the point so you know what i am talking about.

I feel i might have traits/autism but at 26 i want to get an idea if my issues i feel i have with it match up with any one else, or, if i am just chatting a load of old rubbish.

- Looking directly into peoples eyes really makes me anxious, if i talk to people and do it looking at something else - that anxiety really falls (by looking into peoples eyes, i don't mean like having a starring contest lol).
- I very organised to a point where if some one says 12.00 meet up time and they're not there by 12 or are very early, it really sends me west.. i have stood outside places before now to wait till exactly the time i said to meet up.
- Certain noises really make me anxious, people eating (I think all people have that to be fair), but it gets to the point that i need to put noise cancelling head phones on), certain textures, cotton wool, being just one that makes my skin crawl.
- This one i am not sure on, but will put it in anyway, is my social skills, for the most part they are okay, but i prefer to be at home alone away from the noise and confusion that the REAL WORLD is. I Love going to the cinema, or for some food but only with certain people and get overwhelmed in groups.
- I have little ticks that i get when, not necessarily stressed, but when i think of stressful times or a stressful image of what i find stressful in my life, the ticks aren't noticeable per say, and no one has ever mentioned them to me because they usually happen when i am alone (alone gives me time to think).

Could this all be in my head? Could it be autism, could i just be a very anxious person? I want to come on here to just get an idea of what people thought of what i have said, or from their own experiences of autism, be it your self or some one else.

I won't be offended if you say, yes you could have autism, but id check with a doctor, or if you say no, you're making it all up in your head. Blunt and honest answers is what i want and need. (I know we all aren't doctors so i wont take any ones word as truth or a diagnosis) it will just give me an idea.

Im 26, so diagnosis isn't as simple as say being in school would.

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Re: diagnosis - November 13th 2018, 12:01 PM

[FONT="Palatino Linotype"][COLOR="DimGray"][SIZE="3"]As you know, we can't diagnose so it wouldn't be very helpful in trying to speculate.

People with autism may often struggle with eye contact, sensory issues and social skills. So it's possible, given your description of things, that you may be on the spectrum. But equally, having low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, naturally being an introvert and other things can also be factors.

If you want to know more about autism, you can check out this article: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/autism/symptoms/

Whether you choose to get professionally diagnosed is up to you, but it's clear that you may be struggling a bit so it is best that you talk to your doctor about your struggles so that you can get the help you need. If you strongly feel you may be on the spectrum (perhaps have had symptoms from a young age, have relatives with autism etc) you could also talk to your doctor about your concerns and see if they can refer you to services that specialise in diagnosing and supporting those with autism.[/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT]


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Re: diagnosis - December 9th 2018, 02:13 PM

I am certainly not a Professional Psychiatrist and I do not know anyone who suffers from Autism, but I do know of some of the major traits of Autism and the some of the things you listed certainly are on that list. You could also have several different things going on as well. You could have Social Anxiety going on, a bit of OCD, as well as Generalized Anxiety. Like I said really the only way to really know is to see a Psychiatrist and see what they have to say. I know all these terms because I see a Psychiatrist and have Anxiety and have heard this all before. I hope this may help a little.


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