Huh. I'm curious but I don't want to pry.
Ask away; if I wasn't willing to talk about it with people I wouldn't have mentioned it. I decided as soon as I was diagnosed that it wasn't something I was going to hide, or feel embarrassed about.
And how old are you? These days that's the sort of thing which is usually identified during childhood in the states. Is it different in the UK?
Yeah, that's one thing with being older; I was born in 1967, and autism wasn't a thing back then. The consultant who diagnosed me said if I'd been born 20 years later alarm bells would have gone off straight away in infants school, but given the time...ehh, they just thought I was a weird kid, all I wanted to do at 3 was read books and be on my own making things (Lego, Airfix kits, whatever); I scored very high in everything academic but had no social skills whatsoever.
Is the diagnosis a good thing for you?
Definitely. Now I know why I am the way I am, and it's explained so much
about my life to date. My whole life has basically been an unconscious coping mechanism, and at least now I know why
things often seemed so hard or people so incomprehensible to me.