Am I an adult with spd?

by Adam
(Oregon)

In reading this I believe I have SPD. I see that it is best to get help early in life but I am 31 now and only have stumbled on this.


I was diagnosed with Asperger syndrome in 2005. Before that for over 10 years mistakenly diagnosed with schizophrenia. I do not know how I fell through the cracks given I was in an adolescent center for 3 years from age 15. All the specialist somehow failed to see I had SPD.

I am intelligent but avoided the 7th and 8th grade because my senses were out of control. I strongly desire to go to college and the teachers are very impressed with my potential but I can't leave my apartment because of an overwhelming intolerance of sound.

I attempted college in 2000 but confusing symptoms eventually ruined everything. Making friends, concentrating, completing schoolwork, even understanding how to eat was a complex, bitter ordeal. Sadly nothing has changed.

After reading the list of SPD symptoms I just shake my head in disbelief. Many of of them are describing me. It is hauntingly similar.

My older brother has the exact same problem as me and lives alone, frustrated and in poverty when he could be making a 100,000 a year with a wonderful family as could I. How can we salvage our lives from this blight?

Thank you.

Adam

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May 25, 2009
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by: Kim Sullivan

I have many of these traits (I'm 41). My son was diagnosed with possible Asperger's and ADD. He actually has Sensory Processing problems like you mention. While working with him, I found my problems. Jr. High was the worse years of my life! I'm not sure what specific avenues you have but you might want to thing of a job working as an Occupational Therapist or Occupational Therapist Assistant working with people like yourself. It would also help you. Look at the http://www.aota.org/Students.aspx to find out more. I think OT's helped my son and myself with these issues more than any medication he has taken. We both take LOW doses of focalin xr as well. I feel for you--what a waste of talent our society misses out on with these disorders undiagnosed. Good luck.

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