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Is it normal to be diagnosed with Autism at the age of 17?

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  • Posted By: David232
  • September 16, 2011
  • 05:36 AM

I have had problems since birth which I think went undiagnosed since a long time. When I explained the problems to the psychiatrist, he said that my case sounds like Autism. So is it normal to be diagnosed with Autism at the age of 17? I've had problems with hearing aswell and the doctor said that I'm absent minded too. Since birth, whenever I said something, the meaning to the other person came out literally different from what I meant to say. I'm not even able to explain this to anyone. I feel that there is no treatment to my problems because it may be an unknown brain problem which isn't even discovered in medical science. I'm also not able to socialize with anyone. Please post your opinions

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  • I was diagnosed at age 37. I was told that autistic people with high IQs are often not diagnosed until later than usual, often in adulthood. We can reason out our coping methods and can learn to mimic "normal" behaviors in a somewhat satisfactory manner. However, getting diagnosed before you enter the workplace is a huge plus. All your adaptive behaviors and reasoned-out coping skills work pretty well for the orderly environment of school (and you've had years and years to learn them) but you have to learn a whole new set for work. Now that you know, you can get started on learning those skills.And yes, "normal" people seem incapable of accurately understanding what autistic people say. They don't seem able to accept that the words mean what the words mean. They are always hunting for (and imagining they've found) subtext or body language or facial expressions that mean something other than what the words we say are actually saying. High-functioning autistic people are way easier to communicate with. I get along best with people when I communicate with written words. While people still imagine hidden meanings that aren't there, they do it far less with the written word. My advice is to try to relax. You aren't a different person from the person you were before you got this diagnosis. The diagnosis just tells you what course of action you can take to feel better and cope better. And if you don't actually have autism, the same coping skills work for people who are just shy, anxious, or uncertain. You can actually use this diagnosis to find new friends by seeking autism support networks. You'll automatically have something in common with autistic people using those support forums or groups. My autism coping skills are based off of the idea of having a viable plan for as many situations as I can imagine. I've also focused on mimicking "normal" human behaviors. I highly recommend a book by Desmond Morris called PeopleWatching because it shows, in photographs, examples of almost every conceivable emotion and includes things like what flirting looks like.I wrote a page about my experience with Asperger's (high-functioning autism) which you can find here if you'd like to read it.
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    • October 6, 2011
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