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Definition Overlap Procedure Tests Reasons Reactions Spectrum Disclosure

Diagnosis, whether by yourself or by a professional, can be a time of readjustment. I certainly did not anticipate how difficult it would be to come to terms with seeing myself, other people, and the world around me in a totally new light. There is often very little emotional support given post diagnosis, and most of us are left to find our own way through this maze.

Below are my descriptions of some of the reactions I have seen and experienced.

Assertive

You can embrace the label you have been given and take control of your new identity. You can talk or write about your feelings and experiences, or get actively involved in advocacy or raising awareness.

Passive

You can rely on others to tell you who and what you are and let them dictate your identity to you, by being what they expect you to be or accepting what they tell you you are.

Aggressive

Not everybody likes being labelled or takes it well. You might fight against the label or try to persuade people that there is no such thing as Asperger's Syndrome.

Defensive

You might not feel confident about your diagnosis, and may feel the need to constantly reaffirm it. You might feel unnecessarily  threatened by descriptions of Asperger's Syndrome that don't seem to fit with exactly how you are.

Negative

It can be easy to dwell on all the things you can't do and all the areas in which you are weak. This can lead to depression, as well as low confidence and self esteem. You may get trapped in a mode of thought that prevents you from trying things out of fear of failure, which though often justified, may end up holding you back, and will often be interpreted by other people as making excuses.

Positive

While it can be good to focus on the positive aspects of AS, it is important to remember that there are still a lot of difficulties, some people are still more able than others, and some people are just luckier than others. You might end up judging people who aren't as confident or successful as yourself, almost accusing them of 'letting the side down'. There can sometimes even be an aspect of denial in refusing to accept there are some things you can't do with the same ease as other people.

Internal

You might want to just think things over privately and focus on understanding yourself better.

External

You may become fascinated with spotting other people with Asperger's Syndrome and identifying with them.

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