“Because there was no diagnosis, no Asperger’s, I just thought I was weak”, Anne says. Now, she’s learned to accept herself and that has taken off a lot of the pressures she placed on herself.
“I used to always kind of beat myself up about it. Everybody else seemed enjoy themselves at parties. How silly am I, for I can’t seem to handle that? Whereas post-diagnosis I just think, yeah it’s okay, you have a condition and that means you find things difficult. If you don’t want to go to this party, that’s fine. It’s just how you are.”
She drew her life story to make sense to other people how Asperger’s affected her growing up. The gallery below, published with her permission, shows snippets of it.
To read the full article, click here.
To listen to the reasons for seeking a diagnosis as an adult, click here.
To watch Michelle and her mother talk about her experiences as a young woman with Asperger’s, click here.
To browse through the blog, click here.