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Positive experience dating someone on spectrum

Discussion in 'Love, Relationships and Dating' started by sisselcakes, Oct 30, 2016.

  1. sisselcakes

    sisselcakes Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    This site has helped me so much that I wanted to share my experience

    I am an NT and have been dating a guy for over a year who I suspect is on the spectrum. An opportunity finally came up to broach the subject and he agreed with me that he has some traits that have caused him trouble in work and relationships.

    The beginning of our relationship was very challenging. I mentioned this to some coworkers the other day and they thought it was strange because conventional wisdom is that starting a new relationship should be easy and fun.

    It has been the opposite for me. The beginning was stressful but as we've gotten to know each other better. We are both very happy. I'm so grateful I stuck it out. I have learned so much about myself. He's very observant and has pointed out things I never realized. He's also a good example for me in terms of managing the challenges I have with my own ADHD. He's great at keeping track of things, being disciplined at taking care of his health, and setting boundaries with people. He doesn't put up with crap!

    I came on here looking for answers and found very helpful feedback. I also read like crazy many books that I could find on the subject. It helped me understand him a lot better so I didn't take things as personally. When I stopped being so sensitive, he got less defensive and we were more able to discuss things openly.

    He still says things that hurt my feelings sometimes but I have learned to step back, and let him chill out. Then I broach the subject later on when I'm less emotional and he's not on overload.

    I realize that my experience may differ greatly from others' but I hope that before giving up on a potentially great relationship, both NTs and those with ASD know it's possible to work things out in some cases. In my case, education, patience, feedback from others, and a few therapy therapy sessions helped immensely.

    Good luck!
     
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  2. Jonathan Lees

    Jonathan Lees Well-Known Member

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    glad to hear things have been going so well and i hope it continues.
     
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  3. sisselcakes

    sisselcakes Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Thank you !!!
     
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    I must say, this is actually pretty awesome and honestly, I'm glad this site has helped answered some of the unanswered questions that you've been dealing with. That was the whole point of it as it seems.

    It seems you needed was to have patience, it seems to be paying off. :D
     
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    I'm so happy for you. It helps reading up on someone's diagnosis to understand them a whole lot better.
     
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    garnetflower13 Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    That is awesome! It makes such a nice change from all the posts that we read about NTs only writing about their struggles in an NT Aspie relationship, and then we hear no more. I am so happy for you!
     
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