Autism

Is It Really That Obvious?

Sometimes, it seems as though everyone who gets to know me asks if I have autism. My response is usually to mutter something inaudible and avert my eyes, but I mean to say something like “I don’t know, but I’ve never been diagnosed.”

As it happens, I saw my psychiatrist today. I asked if it was possible I was on the autism spectrum, and he said “I’ve been wondering about that, actually.”

The upshot is that I should be seeing him for a longer assessment in a couple of months, and after that, possibly referred to some kind of specialist service. But now I’m wondering if I’ve been acting in autistic ways my whole life, without noticing anything amiss. It’s kinda disturbing, even if it would explain a bunch of stuff.