Being autistic (or having Asperger’s), you probably experience a number of challenges. But with help and support, you can live a more peaceful, happy life.
If you are not sure if you’re autistic, it’s helpful to be evaluated by a medical or mental health professional. There are online quizzes that you can take as a first step to help determine if you might be autistic. Autism often presents differently in males and females. An “unofficial” list of traits specifically for females is also online and can be a helpful first step. Although seeking a formal diagnosis can be very beneficial, self-diagnosing can bring a lot of relief and understanding. Whatever you choose to do, recognizing that you may be “wired differently” can make your life start to make more sense, and can be a huge relief.
You were born with a neurological difference, and are in a minority, which may make aspects of your life frustrating. You have strengths, but there are often challenges. For example, you might find that you have some of these day-to-day issues:
• You find it difficult and stressful to be in groups or crowds of people.
• You get over-stimulated by your surroundings, leading to a feeling of overwhelm.
• In social situations you can feel very uncomfortable and awkward.
• You find it hard to understand people and make friends.
• You feel as if you can never do things right and or act in ways that you think are “normal”.
• You have trouble being successful at work and school.
• You have strong feelings and reactions that are hard to control.
• Managing your day-to-day life can seem overwhelming.
• You feel alone in the world.