I’ll be posting soon once I’ve been able to read through the thread. I wanted to quickly share an intro though.
I’m autistic, with Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Chronic Depression. I was initially misdiagnosed with ADHD about 5 years back because I have many ADHD symptoms. About 2 years ago, after noticing many similarities with my son, who is 9 and also autistic, I decided to have a professional evaluation. So, I was diagnosed with ASD late in life (I’m nearly 50) and I’m also a recovering heroin addict with (as of this 11/19) 20 years clean. I’ve had an interesting ride, I think.
Last year around the winter holiday I had a bit of an epiphany and a sort of major mental meltdown around acceptance of my autism, and how my being unknowingly autistic has shaped my life. This meltdown was pretty significant and is when I was diagnosed with GAD. I ended up out of work for most of this year as a result.
Fortunately I work for a big EDU with really good benefits and ADA protection and I was able to keep my job and returned to work in early July. Going back to work was really hard and I’ve had to navigate a number of challenges, but the last three or so weeks things have been really good.
Looking forward to reading the thread and maybe participating at some point!