Adults On The Autism Spectrum

Posted by Mamacita, Volunteer Mentor @mamacita, Apr 29, 2018

Maybe you were really shy as a child. Perhaps you took home a huge stack of books from the school library, read them, and returned them the next day. Or did your best friend find you crying in your closet, unable to answer the question “Why?” At any rate, your life could be traced to the Self-Help section of the local bookstore. Unfortunately, most of the books were not much help. ADHD seemed to fit, at times. Your shrink said you might be Bi-Polar, although she wasn’t really certain. All you knew was that you rarely fit in, anywhere. One day at work, it hit you square in the face: I don’t speak these people’s language! Really, it was like you were all playing this game, and everyone knew the rules but you. You couldn’t tell a joke, and you never “got” any joke your co-worker tried to tell you. People started getting annoyed with you, because you had a memory like a steel trap. They didn’t appreciate it when you called them on the carpet. Who knew? This was my life, and worse. I finally aced several tests that pointed me to the answer to my questions. The Autism Spectrum. Guess what? Little kids with Autism grow up to be Adults with Autism. Diagnosed late in life? This is the place for you!

@mamasitalucita

Yes, your statement is not political – just human and caring. I'm sure many of us have heavy hearts as you do. People with Autism do care and do feel for others.

Are there any other groups where you could invite adults on the Spectrum to join this discussion on Connect? I too, would love to have more Members and sharing.

Teresa

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@hopeful33250

@mamasitalucita

Yes, your statement is not political – just human and caring. I'm sure many of us have heavy hearts as you do. People with Autism do care and do feel for others.

Are there any other groups where you could invite adults on the Spectrum to join this discussion on Connect? I too, would love to have more Members and sharing.

Teresa

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Yes, there are. I will begin today.

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@hopeful33250

@mamasitalucita

I appreciate your starting this discussion of the Spectrum. This could be very enlightening for many of our adults who have problems that seem to be beyond treatment.

Could you share a bit more about how the Spectrum diagnosis came about? Was it a professional who diagnosed you? If so, what in particular led to this diagnosis?

Once again, when sharing personal experiences on this online community, please feel free to share only as you are comfortable doing so.

Teresa

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greetings and salutations from a 60 year old Autistic my handle are Sir Galahad and I am an Australian.In regards to Autism its a physiological condition which occurs at the end of the 1st trimester of the development of a new Baby. This is when the brain is laid down to change the zygote into a baby and its a genetic condition with the brain being rewired and biochemically different and hormonally different from a Neurotypical.I have recently doing self-observation as a 60-year autistic, I am a biomedical scientist by education and work history As we age the primitive brain is flooded more often by the adrenaline hormone Epinephrine and this increase anxieties and depression in the amygdala and hippocampus. My name is John and I am a friend of Mamamasitalucita. In terms of Empathy, Autistic are extremely empathetic and we do have feelings its due to the bullying intimidation and denigration we revert to our core autistic acts to calm and stabilize us. I am Australian and a senior hospital scientist Westmead children's hospital Sydney Australia .i say good day and greetings and salutations .

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@mamasitalucita

Yes, your statement is not political – just human and caring. I'm sure many of us have heavy hearts as you do. People with Autism do care and do feel for others.

Are there any other groups where you could invite adults on the Spectrum to join this discussion on Connect? I too, would love to have more Members and sharing.

Teresa

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hi, Mamasitalucita I here and say good day to you this daggy 60 years old autistic Australian. I replied to an earlier comment

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@hopeful33250

@mamasitalucita

Yes, your statement is not political – just human and caring. I'm sure many of us have heavy hearts as you do. People with Autism do care and do feel for others.

Are there any other groups where you could invite adults on the Spectrum to join this discussion on Connect? I too, would love to have more Members and sharing.

Teresa

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Hello there Sir Galahad.  Hope you will come by often and impart some of your words of wisdom and encouragement to all of us here on the Senior Spectrum.  You are welcome anytime. Peace to you, brother.

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@hopeful33250

@mamasitalucita

I appreciate your starting this discussion of the Spectrum. This could be very enlightening for many of our adults who have problems that seem to be beyond treatment.

Could you share a bit more about how the Spectrum diagnosis came about? Was it a professional who diagnosed you? If so, what in particular led to this diagnosis?

Once again, when sharing personal experiences on this online community, please feel free to share only as you are comfortable doing so.

Teresa

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Hello @sirgalahad and welcome to Mayo Connect. I am so glad that you joined our discussion and I appreciate the information you shared in your post. We all learn from each other and you have offered a wonderful perspective to us of how an empathetic Autistic individual can "revert to our core autistic acts to calm and stabilize us." That comment was very insightful and helpful. We all know that bullying and intimidation are hurtful, but you have provided us with some real solid information.

Your self-observation with the aging process is also helpful.

As you are an insightful individual, I hope that you will post again.

I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.

Teresa

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In reply to @sirgalahad "hi mamasitalucita" + (show)
@sirgalahad

hi mamasitalucita

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Hi!!! How are you doing? So good to have you drop by. We need to see you more often here. This is a safe place to be. I want everyone out there to have a voice. We are better together. Take care, and come back soon. I think you will find it as enjoyable and as comfortable as I do. Like my favorite spot on the sofa!

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@hopeful33250

@mamasitalucita

Yes, your statement is not political – just human and caring. I'm sure many of us have heavy hearts as you do. People with Autism do care and do feel for others.

Are there any other groups where you could invite adults on the Spectrum to join this discussion on Connect? I too, would love to have more Members and sharing.

Teresa

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Good day to you, dear friend. I love my Australian brothers and sisters! It's not just the accent, which is so cute, by the way. It's that spirit that seems to travel across the waters and says "It's ok, mate! We'll get through this! Been there before, you can do it." We are a pretty terrific bunch, I'd say, all of us together. Peace, out.

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@hopeful33250

@mamasitalucita

Yes, your statement is not political – just human and caring. I'm sure many of us have heavy hearts as you do. People with Autism do care and do feel for others.

Are there any other groups where you could invite adults on the Spectrum to join this discussion on Connect? I too, would love to have more Members and sharing.

Teresa

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tah muchly dear friend

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@hopeful33250

@mamasitalucita

Yes, your statement is not political – just human and caring. I'm sure many of us have heavy hearts as you do. People with Autism do care and do feel for others.

Are there any other groups where you could invite adults on the Spectrum to join this discussion on Connect? I too, would love to have more Members and sharing.

Teresa

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how do i post an article I have just seen and read about they have identified the genes connected and the origins of where autism ,ADHD ,DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY COMES FROM

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@hopeful33250

@mamasitalucita

Yes, your statement is not political – just human and caring. I'm sure many of us have heavy hearts as you do. People with Autism do care and do feel for others.

Are there any other groups where you could invite adults on the Spectrum to join this discussion on Connect? I too, would love to have more Members and sharing.

Teresa

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@sirgalahad You can post an article by selection "Add Media" (you will see it at the top of the posting box). Most pdf articles will post just fine. If you have any problems let me know and I'll get another mentor, @johnbishop, to explain it better. Teresa

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@sirgalahad

hi mamasitalucita

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@mamasitalucita, Those are beautiful words, "We are better together".
Rosemary

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@hopeful33250

@mamasitalucita

Yes, your statement is not political – just human and caring. I'm sure many of us have heavy hearts as you do. People with Autism do care and do feel for others.

Are there any other groups where you could invite adults on the Spectrum to join this discussion on Connect? I too, would love to have more Members and sharing.

Teresa

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Thanks for the tag Teresa @hopeful33250. @sirgalahad is the article you are reading on a website? If it is and you want to share the web page with members in your post, all you need to do is copy the web page address (URL) at the top of your web browser program. Then paste the page address in your post. Here's some how to information that you might find helpful:

How to copy a web page link or URL
https://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000867.htm

If the article is a PDF file and you have downloaded it to your computer, you can use the Add Media button at the top of the post and upload the PDF from your computer. If you have a link to the PDF article you can share it by copying the web page or URL that goes to the article and share it like a web page above.

Hope this helps!
John

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@hopeful33250

@mamasitalucita

Yes, your statement is not political – just human and caring. I'm sure many of us have heavy hearts as you do. People with Autism do care and do feel for others.

Are there any other groups where you could invite adults on the Spectrum to join this discussion on Connect? I too, would love to have more Members and sharing.

Teresa

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That is exciting to hear. Hope you are able to post the article or let us know how to find it.
Ainsleigh

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