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Uh hi. Right, so as soon as I met my partner, she knew something was different about me. She hadn't noticed before we met as we spoke on Facebook chat and I can apparently type so much differently to how I speak. Moving on...
She was talking to one of her friends who was diagnosed with Autism last year about my behaviour and he suggested that it could be autism like he has. She made a list of the things that relate to some symptoms. Here are the things she noticed that I do:
-Little to no eye contact when in conversation, but often stares without realising.
-Not really one to be touched or close to people.
-Too close when speaking (unaware of personal space).
-Difficulty understanding jokes/sarcasm/rules of conversation
-Makes inappropriate observations
-Unaware when being rude
-Great at remembering birthdays, gets annoyed when others don't
-Difficulty in small talk or keeping conversation going
-Difficulty making and keeping friends
-Difficulty understanding other's feelings
-Has friends but not of own age - has older friends (in 60s to 80s)
-Talks obsessively about one or two topics of interest, not bothered about any other subject, can't shut her up once she's talking about the subject, keeps repeating things she's told me over and over again.
-Sometimes annoys the hell out of me and doesn't understand how or why.
-Has issues with balance, sometimes motor movement of mouth - slurs.
-Often flails arms, clicks fingers, shuffles feet for comfort in bed
-Finds more comfort in objects or animals than in people. Still has comfort blanket and must have teddies aligned in the same position on her bed every night.
-Has texture issues - doesn't like to touch or eat anything with a certain texture. Is also quite sensitive to sunlight.
- Definite difficulty in imagination, thinking up ideas, empathising etc.
-Monotone when speaking.
SO with all this thrown at me I did the dreaded thing that nobody should ever do: Online tests. All of the scores were over 40. It says the average is under 36 I think? So I went to my doctor and she also agreed that I may have it, and that as she didn't know much about it she would refer me to a local group for autistic people. It's been about 3 months since and I haven't heard anything.
Should I carry on waiting, take further action or just ignore it completely?
I didn't want to go in the first place. Do any of you agree with my partner and friend or is it just in their heads? What do you people think?
I'm 18, almost 19, and female.
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