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I'm now Six years ago I was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a form of autism. Like many women, this came after the diagnosis of my son, Darragh. If it wasn't for this, I'd have gone through the rest of my life unaware of why I felt different. As I'd felt as though everyone but me had been given a manual on how to behave around other people. I was more comfortable around pets. Because I performed well academically and masked my anxiety, I flew under the radar. I understand now that I have a brain that processes sensory and social information differently from most other people. I can take better care of myself by managing my social energy and avoiding sensory overload.

I have found a sense of identity. Women do not need to fear a diagnosis - it may help explain so much. Whether to disclose it is, of course, a personal choice. I have an interesting and rewarding career in Northern Ireland's civil service alongside supportive colleagues who accept me as I am.

Since Edinburgh, I've continued writing about autism and disability and had several articles published. I've co-authored a book along with some of my autistic sisters from around the globe, some of whom have become close friends. Most importantly, my diagnosis has enriched my personal relationships and made me a more confident mother.

When I was younger, I had this really deep and rich fantasy life where I would just imagine situations. I would spend all day in my own world. I was absolutely useless at trying to get into the imaginary games of others. At school, I suffered from depression and mental health-related issues and from the age of 14 I was taught at home. During my A-levels I developed quite severe mental health problems and bad depression and anxiety. At one stage they thought I might have borderline personality disorder BPD. Looking back, that was quite frustrating.

Girls are better socially and so can be diagnosed with BPD rather than autism. I thought going away to uni would fix things. I went to York to do psychology. I made friends, but never really attended lectures. It was from there that I worked at getting my diagnosis. I now realise lo of women and girls have gone through - are still going through - exactly the same thing as me. Then as a toddler, it was like I was always thinking logically and the other kids were just being reckless.

It wore me down. In class I always felt I had some kind of learning difficulty - some kind of mental blockage. When teachers put me on the spot and asked me questions, my brain totally shut down. It needed extra time to process what they were saying. I only decided I needed to find some sort of diagnosis when I got my teaching qualification from university. I know there is something wrong with me.

I need to find out. She also said my suggested I could have autism. I finally got diagnosed when I was I ed a creative group led by people with mental health issues. It feels really natural to be up there performing. I am talking at people. When is my time to talk? Would it be rude if I said this? It probably sounds a bit weird. Both of my children are autistic. My daughter was diagnosed when she was Over time I felt like I really identified with him. I would misinterpret things at the primary school I worked at. I got to a real low point. That was when I decided to get an autism assessment.

I got the diagnosis in early It was a relief. Where I grew up, I was the only mixed-race person I knew. It was a white working-class neighbourhood. I think St Lucia is now starting to realise there are autistic kids - and that being autistic is not a bad thing. But even here, some communities are still struggling to identify and understand autism. I had a bit of a light bulb moment one day in a lecture theatre during my psychology training. We were being taught about different conditions - including autism. They were seen as belonging to the Scottish girl - culturally attributed rather than individually attributed.

I also love fantasy fiction. I used read and read and read. I got lost in The Lord of the Rings. I would dress up as an elf. I went to Comic Con meetings. I was diagnosed at 32 - three years ago - and it has completely changed my life, and my identity, for the better.

I now have more self-acceptance of why I do the things I do. Autism provides me with a of gifts and talents. West Midlands, 27 years old, works with people with learning difficulties. At first my doctor told me I had borderline personality disorder BPD.

But when I did get my diagnosis, I still felt no-one around me understood or wanted to understand. I looked at other people with really good jobs and nice cars. Why do I have to keep getting ill and quit jobs? I still tried to force myself into full-time work in call centres. The bright lights and the noise - the sensory overload. My partner's a barber. He knows a lot of people. I just find it difficult to go around a room and say hello to lots of people. I end up spending hours and hours looking at pictures of them. I know that sounds a bit weird. But it was at secondary school when I first thought I might be autistic.

My brother was diagnosed with autism when he was five and he attended a specialist school. While on a teacher training school placement, my mentor spotted some aspects of autism in my behaviour. For example, sometimes I would take things too literally, or I would sit on my own in the staff room and not socialise. When I received my diagnosis, I felt it explained a lot, which was good. However, I feel that having a label has both benefits and downfalls. My autism mainly affects my sociability and expression - and I also have high levels of anxiety, particularly when there is change to my routine.

I tend to get obsessive over things like TV shows. I can watch them for hours and know the script by heart. I can claim back expenses on printing paper and ink as I hate reading things on a screen. I also get specialist mentoring support to help with any worries and to work on my interview skills. There are only about five of them so I felt comfortable explaining. It all made sense when we found out we were autistic. About , people in the UK are on the autism spectrum, according to the National Autistic Society Five times as many males as females are diagnosed Autism is under-diagnosed in females.

I was born with the social skills of a used teabag. People assumed I was just shy. I am living the life I want to live. Darragh and I have a special bond and he makes me proud every single day. Interviews by Lucy Edwards. Cambridgeshire, 28 years old, PhD student. They can be more compelled to make friends - and so they learn to mimic non-autistic people. For example, they might find making eye contact difficult.

I know I did. I will look away for a few seconds and then back. But learning that social repertoire has taken me many, many years. Doctors focused on the depression, rather than thinking about a possible autism diagnosis. Getting diagnosed gave me relief. Greater Manchester, 26 years old, performer. It sounds silly but that was the only thing my childhood brain could comprehend.

When I was a baby people thought I was deaf.

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It all made sense when we found out we were autistic