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Stupidly Excited

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Weeble, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. Weeble

    Weeble New Member

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    Obligatory introduction time.

    I finished reading Neurotribes seven weeks ago. Did some further reading, having gone down the Google rabbit hole. Became increasingly convinced I'm autistic. My partner agreed, so I made an appointment with my GP for a discussion.

    Which was yesterday. He was initially sceptical but after twenty minutes, he was convinced too.

    The Psych services in my area are chronically understaffed so all appointments go through triage, and if you've had treatment, you have to wait three years before you can get another referral, unless you are in immediate danger. My GP doesn't want to waste my 'ticket' on a referral only for an autism assessment, in case my mental health starts crashing again and I need the referral for other reasons.

    I'm okay with that. I've had the validation I needed from my GP, with his unofficial diagnosis. Like he said, I'm functioning very well at moment (got general anxiety syndrome and depression), so let those in trouble NOW get the limited appointments.

    Today I have been incredibly happy, and relieved. Finally, I can believe that all friendship disasters I've had aren't because I'm a bad person. I've spent forty-four years (I'm 48) thinking there was something wrong with me, something horrible, and now I know there isn't - I'm autistic.

    Different, not wrong, or horrible, or inherently unlikable.

    Yeah, so stupidly excited. Most of my friends are autistic - maybe that should have been a clue? :D
     
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  2. Nitro

    Nitro Admin/Immoral Turpitude Staff Member Admin V.I.P Member

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    Hi Weeble

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    Isadoorian Well Known Chat Member, Welcomer of Newcomers V.I.P Member

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    Welcome to the Forums! I hope you make new friends and enjoy your stay in the process! :)
     
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  5. Aspychata

    Aspychata My Art Work

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    Great you are here. Think you might like it here. Jump right in, find your place in the sun.
     
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    Wolf Prince My future job title.

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    Yes, not wrong, horrible, or inherently unlikeable! I know that feeling of relief of which you speak. I also find myself cutting myself some slack in other areas too. Like meltdowns, angry outbursts, fear of talking on the phone, avoidance in general. This autism thing was clearly the missing piece in the puzzle.
     
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    Tom Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    We've been waiting for you....

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    ;)
     
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  9. Nervous Rex

    Nervous Rex High-functioning autistic V.I.P Member

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    Welcome to here! Here was nice, but you just made it better. I hope you find here to be as welcoming and helpful as I have. I hope you stay.
     
  10. Weeble

    Weeble New Member

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    I'm looking forward to hanging out, learning a bit more, and, maybe, indulging in actual social interaction *gasp*
     
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    Welcome
     
  13. clg114

    clg114 Still crazy, after all these years. Staff Member V.I.P Member

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    Welcome to Autism Forums!
     
  14. Cazelle

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    Welcome! :) Glad you feel excited. This is a great place to discover your autistic self!
     
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    Why did I not feel obligated to introduce myself? Am I a sociopath? :eek:
     
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  16. Noba Loney

    Noba Loney New Member

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    Greetings. I also joined the forum this week and as someone of a similar age can relate to what you say.
     
  17. Crossbreed

    Crossbreed Neur-D Missionary ☝

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    Hello & welcome @Weeble .
    If you have a choice in counselors, don't trust everyone who claims that they know autism. Many barely know ASD2 & 3 and do not recognize ASD1 at all.

    I have a page for finding support in the USA, but your OP sounds like you are in a different country. If you are, see if you have a national autism society and find their recommendations for service providers.
     
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    Welcome Weeble.
     
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    Bolletje Potato chip wizard V.I.P Member

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    Hi weeble, where’s Bob? (I know that’s technically Weebl, but I couldn’t help myself)
     
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