Hello. My name is Era. I am 18 year's old and wondering if I have Autism? I have always said I have it, even though I haven't gotten an official diagnosis.
I am currently diagnosed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, sensory processing disorder, avoidance restrictive food intake disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, depression, anxiety, and a bunch more behavioural disorders. I have a tendency to "explode" over little things.
I am slow at understanding words and metaphors. I may take things too literally at times. Although, my teachers have always said I am good at conveying my thoughts down on paper. When speaking, I have trouble coming up with words and often pause.
I can't count properly. I always skip numbers or repeat them. This is why I always failed my math class. I've always had a hard time with the usage of numbers.
Like I said, I have sensory processing disorder. I am not good with food textures and clothing textures. Sometimes I cry or get mad because the air is too "stuffy." I feel like some foods taste dusty. I often avoid foods due to their texture. A good example of this is how I am okay with elbow noodles, but angel hair noodles make me gag. Sometimes the smell or colour of foods bother me as well.
I am very emotional. My mood changes very quickly. I get upset over little things, like accidentally drawing a line where I don't want it. I usually express my emotions through anger. I tend to get tense when angry, along with being itchy.
I fixate on things. I could ramble on and on about my favourite things. When I was 7, it got so bad that I would stop eating or going to the bathroom so I could play the game I was fixated on. My dreams are often of my fixactions.
I tend to uncontroubley shake or move. When I'm having fun, I have to get up to jump around as I'm so excited. I like to walk in circles while thinking and I fidget constantly. I sometimes chew on my clothes, hair, etc. I like to rub and pick and my scalp. I usually skip around as well.
I express my gender and identity by kinning, and using neopronouns.
This is all I can think of at the moment, if I remember more behaviours I do I will update you. I am just wondering if I have low functioning Autism.