The answers I have on my diagnoses explain who I am, how I am and how I’ve been. They also explain my experiences to date. Those all fall into place now.
Every question, every uncertainty, every struggle has now been boxed and ticked through Autism Spectrum Disorder. I knew I was dealing with the disorder, when I came into contact with someone who was dealing with similar symptoms to me.
Although Autism and Asperger’s were seen as two different conditions, today Asperger’s syndrome is no longer a separate diagnosis. It is now part of Autism Spectrum Disorder (“ASD”). In 2013 ‘The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) changed its classification.
Over the years, I have acquired knowledge of my experiences through my heightened senses, focusing on the things I need, to focus on to bring me the answers I need to the exclusion of everything else. ASD also explains my struggles with touch, loud noises, textures, and smells.
I am able to see things with greater clarity through my heightened senses, seeing the world in a very visual way. It is because my senses are heightened that I have more clarity. I have ‘just knowing’ without having to find or look for it.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is the reason I think and write in the way I do, rather late in the day to find out. But I also know that without my website I could never have worked any of what I know out.
It has become my lifeline to a better existence, by me knowing and my being able to uncover the reasons behind all of my experiences.