Why I didn’t let getting kicked out of uni ruin my life
Or, Might a childhood diagnosis of Asperger’s have been self-limiting?
Two conversations I had last weekend have made me wonder how my life might have been different had I been diagnosed with Asperger’s as a child. A good friend told me how much respect she had for the things I’ve achieved in my life, despite the challenges AS (Asperger’s Syndrome) brings; and my parents wanted to know how a diagnosis might help someone – child or adult – with AS.
Of course, it’s a moot point for me. According to my research, Asperger’s wasn’t a diagnosable condition until 1992, when I was already into my teens, and from what I’ve read it seems that the rate of female diagnoses lagged far behind that of boys (and still does; whether that’s because it’s more prevalent among boys, or less detectable in girls – who present differently – is still being researched). But, had the condition been identified sooner, and had someone recognised my traits, how might a diagnosis have impacted on my life?Read More