Misdiagnosis as ADD and or mild autism?
by Michelle Hammons
I am recognizing so many of these in myself(possibly misdiagnosed BPD), my children, 3 diagnosed ADD, one of which also low spectrum autism. Also my sister's children, a constant battle of "behavior problems". I learned to overcome alot of my quirks just to be normal. Rather than wear clothes inside out to avoid the seams, I just figured that I couldnt avoid it and learned to deal with it. Although I still can't stand most sweaters and turtlenecks and any particularly rough seams/fabric. Can't wear hosiery for too long, hot and itchy even in winter. Light,sound, certain textures I avoid. I have had home decorating disputes with roommates/spouse because I can't bear all one color but also cant stand it "too busy", too many colors.
Is it normal to exhibit two ends of spectrum like that, I can't stand too much silence(leading to sleep problems) also too much sound freaks me out. Alot of these 'quirks' I see in my kids, too. Foods too, certain textures I can't stand, although I have learned to appear normal. I forced myself to be able to make eye contact, and small talk as I reached adulthood. I have a great need for physical contact, almost constantly(leading to rejection, marital problems). But as a child I feared and avoided being touched by anybody outside of my immediate family. Well I may have to talk to a doc about the kids, anyway. See what happens.