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 ticked and crossed through autism. Even before a confirmed diagnosis, after coming into contact with someone who was dealing with symptoms similar to mine, I knew I was dealing with the disorder.
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 ASD. In 2013, ‘The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) changed its classification.’
Over the years, I 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 explains my struggles with touch, loud noises, textures and smells.
I see things with greater clarity through my heightened senses, experiencing the world in a very visually-focused way. I work with my intuition, which cannot always be explained by thought or fact, but through a deep inner feeling, without having to find or look for it.
Having ASD is the reason I think and write in the way I do. Without my website I would never have been able to work any of my symptoms out. It has become my lifeline to a better existence, being able to uncover the reasons behind all my experiences.