Story about a person diagnosed with autism at age 45 after a lifetime of trying to be a “neurotypical”

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Story about a person diagnosed with autism at age 45 after a lifetime of trying to be a “neurotypical”

Summary:
– Up to the time of diagnosis she had been wondering why she behaved the way she did & why she was so unlike her peers
– talks about personal difficulty regarding reading & understanding emotions
– she was also diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (digestive, bruising & joint dislocation issues
– she recalls:
– standing away from children in the playground
– sitting in tears in an examination unable to write her name
– walking past bars alone, & wondering what it must be like for people inside
– staring at a plate & knowing a burger bun was wet with sauce & being unable to eat it
– sitting in an office & being distracted by the hum of an overhead light
– spending an entire day researching something of special interest & not realising it was 7 pm, she was still in her pyjamas & had not eaten anything

Source: the Guardian Australia https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/07/moment-that-changed-me-diagnosed-with-autism-at-45

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