Autistic spectrum disorder: Graeme’s story 

Graeme took a dyslexia test at the age of 24, which showed he had signs of autism. He describes how he was finally diagnosed with Asperger syndrome and what the diagnosis meant to him.

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Transcript of Autistic spectrum disorder: Graeme’s story

When I was diagnosed with dyslexia,

my traits of Asperger's Syndrome

was picked up in the dyslexia assessments.

I forwarded the dyslexia reports to the GP.

My GP put me forward to get an autism assessment.

I wanted to be aware of what was wrong with me throughout my life.

And as time progressed, as months progressed, I was finally diagnosed.

The signs were always there with autism.

And, you know, it makes a lot of sense now.

As a child, I was in my own world.

You know, I loved play, I loved to be on my own.

And it was very difficult trying to mix with people.

That really caused a lot of anxieties and caused a lot of meltdowns for me.

So I really had difficulty coping.

School was very, very difficult.

I was trying to meet friends and build friends,

but they had difficulty understanding me.

Because I had difficulty reading social cues.

Body language, social language, interaction, imagination.

I was always on my own, obsessed with my hobbies and interests,

and I was isolated a lot growing up.

My anxieties were terrible.

And now my anxieties are not as bad as they were,

simply through being aware of the reason of my condition.

I've been lucky to find a counsellor

who knows a lot about the condition.

It's given me a lot of relief knowing that I will get the help needed.

Once I had my diagnosis I felt a sigh of relief.

I felt really content and calm.

It's helped me to look to the future. I'm really happy and excited

for the first time in my life to be able to move forward.

I was finally aware of why I became the person I am.

That's just a great feeling.

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