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I'm turning 65 next month, and just yesterday they added ASD (Autism) to my permanent medical record.

I've written before about how I was misdiagnosed as bipolar for a few decades, and the therapies and various prescription medicines never helped me. In fact, they nearly killed me.

In my last year on the meds, I got lithium toxicity, and was rushed to a trauma center a hundred miles from home, and spent a week in ICU. That was the autumn of 2021, and I am still recovering now in February 2023.

Yesterday I saw my third psychiatrist in a row who told me I had never been bipoloar, but I am Autistic. This time he put it all on paper, and entered it into my medical records. I guess that means it's official. Or maybe 'I' am official? Nah. I'm still just me.

I never had an inkling that I might be Autistic before sometime last summer, when I read a story in The Mighty by someone who found out accidentally that she was Autistic while she was having one of her children tested and assessed. When she described her life and her challenges, she sounded to me like she was describing my own life.

From that point onward, I started reading everything that I could get my hands on about the Autism Spectrum.

Then there were the internet tests, the books with tests, and finally talking to doctors and to Autistics.

Eventually, I was convinced beyond any reason of a doubt that I myself was, and am Autistic. Thereafter, I brought it up with my psychiatrist, and it took off from there.

That brings me back to yesterday, and the third psychiatrist to agree, and who added it into my medical record.

Now if I can get my General Practitioner to remove the bipolar label from my record there, I will feel like I can finally relax a little.

I don't have a problem with bipolar in itself. I just have a major problem with being misdiagnosed for decades and spending the bulk of my money on therapy and prescriptions that kept me physically exhausted and in a heavy mental fog for decades, and didn't help me in any way. I feel like the majority of my life was wasted.

So to have the label removed from my records is removing a constant painful reminder of all the life that I missed in my youth and middle age.

I am going to spend the rest of my years as a happy, grateful Autistic old dude. Peace be with you all.

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#EFD #ExecutiveFunctionDisorder #executivedysfunction #RejectionSensitiveDysphoria #RSD
#ReactiveAttachmentDisorder #rad #MajorDepressiveDisorder #MDD #Dysthymia #Specialinterest
#Hyperfocus #hypervigilant #SensoryOverstimulation #SensoryIssues #SensoryPain


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“Weird” Special Interest

My special interest is medicine. I love surgeries and learning about diseases and disorders. I found an opening to talk about penile cancer surgery and ostomy bags tonight at the bar and the person I was speaking to seemed to be interested and I got so happy but my boyfriend told me to stop making them uncomfortable. I just wanna meet people like me. It’s so hard knowing most people don’t give a shit about what you love. #Autism #Specialinterest



You need to rant to your stuffed animals to psych yourself for doing something. You need to rally your passion. Find interest where there is none. You must remind yourself that reading a 15 page article about the sociology of intimacy is taking you one step closer to being able to ask people about their sex lives without getting weird looks because it is for the sake of science. #Autism #ADHD #Specialinterest


What is your special intrest? please Infodump below!

We are all nervous in a time of uncertainty. Our special interested can help us cope. I know a lot of people don’t always listen so let’s make a listening space #ADHD #ASD #Autism #Specialinterest #Anxiety #CheckInWithMe #infodump

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15 mins to go!!!! 😱 #Sport #Autism

Looking forward to tonights game! I’ve done my weight training now its time for low fat marshmallows and some sport! 😜 #Rugby #Specialinterest #Autism #women #Womeninsport #Sport