This was how I “came out” as an autistic to my friends and family a little over a year ago. It seemed fitting to share here as I begin to further explore myself through writing.
I am Autistic. I have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) which has gone undiagnosed my whole life. I’ve been diagnosed with and treated for various mental health concerns including social anxiety, chronic depression, and panic disorder, which have helped me gain some control and agency in my life. However, it’s always been a patchwork fix, one that raises as many questions as it answers. It has only been recently that I’ve found the strength to follow this through and I’m already on a better track than I’ve been in the past.
I was going to be more specific here, with more examples, explanations, etc… But this has already taken a week to post, so it was time to let it go.
Thank you to all of you who have been so patient and supportive over the years!