I was diagnosed with autism as an adult, just like Melanie Sykes and Christine McGuinness.

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I was diagnosed with autism as an adult, just like Melanie Sykes and Christine McGuinness.

This may come as a surprise to many people, as autism is often portrayed as a disease rather than a desirable label.

“When we diagnose people with autism, they are always overjoyed.”

Everything else is usually bad.”

My cheeks are burning as I sit in my psychiatrist’s office after weeks of tests and assessments.

It’s not quite “pleased” to describe the strange mix of emotions I’m experiencing, but it’s close.

Fear, anxiety, and grief are among the many other emotions present.

There is, however, unmistakably, joy.

A huge sigh of relief.

A tingle of anticipation.

Now everything is clear.

I felt the same mix of emotions when I learned that Melanie Sykes and Christine McGuinness had been diagnosed with autism this week.

“Truly life-changing, or rather, life-affirming,” said Sykes of her newfound knowledge.

Many people are surprised to learn that autism is viewed as a disease rather than a desirable label in the mainstream.

Identifying as autistic, on the other hand, is like coming home for those of us who have lived a life without knowing.

My autism certainly presents me with a variety of challenges; for example, I have trouble coping with noise, strong odors, certain textures and touch, and social interaction frequently leaves me exhausted.

It does, however, bring many benefits.

Autism allows me to have a close relationship with the world around me, allowing me to notice depths of beauty and fascination that others don’t.

It’s an indelible part of my personality that I wouldn’t trade for anything.

Most importantly, knowing that I’m autistic has made it much easier for me to cope with the challenging aspects of my life and has taught me to value my strengths.

I can use this knowledge to avoid distressing situations and better communicate my needs to others (whether they listen is another question entirely).

Because of my diagnosis, I no longer feel like a failed neurotypical and can instead find my place in a community of people who share my experiences.

I can finally be at ease in my own skin after a lifetime of feeling like an odd, unlovable outsider.

I’m not trying to paint a picture of comfort here.

Autism awareness is available.

UK news summary from Infosurhoy

I was diagnosed with autism as an adult, just like Melanie Sykes and Christine McGuinness.

I’m in such a great mood now.

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