I was undiagnosed till I was 18 as I was able to hide it pretty well and probably just seemed a bit weird, shy or stupid. As a kid it's not always a massive problem if you're a bit different, so I was alright when I was very young. It was when my friends started growing up and I was getting left behind that I started to realise that I was different. That's when my real problems started and I reacted to that by becoming more and more withdrawn, which meant that I developed social anxiety disorder as a teenager and still struggle with it as an adult.

For me, the main problem with Aspergers is that it's in the middle. I'm low-functioning enough for it to affect my life badly, but I'm high-functioning enough to realise this and recognise it in myself. Sometimes I wish I was just completely retarded instead of being able to see what I'm missing out on without managing to get it.

Kwozimodo Kwozimodo
1 Response Feb 24, 2010

I understand where you're coming from.<br />
But aren't you also high-functioning enough to realise all the good things you ARE able to experience.<br />
Games, literature, television. Good conversation.<br />
It might not be worth all the trouble.<br />
But it might be.