Need Help Finding Support and Information For Adults With SPD
by Rachel Deveikis
Hi, I am 27 years old and feel like I just found the answer to SO many issues I've had and continue to have when I found out what SPD was. I was completely unaware this even existed until about October of last year when my friend was describing the issues of her 3 year old son and was sharing with me that she suspected it to be SPD. I honestly thought him as being just high-strung but as she listed more of his issues and what SPD actually was it was like a light bulb turned on in my head and I suddenly saw all the similarities between her son and my memories of myself at that age.
I did some research and I am now 100% positive that all these "quirks" and odd behaviors and aversions I've dealt with my whole life and always just assumed was some strange form of the anxiety and OCD I suffer from to actually have its own name and explanation. While I am so incredibly relieved to FINALLY have a name and explanation for the way I am, I find myself completely unsure of the next steps. I googled articles and books but I have found that over 90% is geared toward parents of child with this disorder and not to the adults who suffer.
I would love some guidance as to the next step, who exactly I should go to for a diagnosis, maybe some literature geared toward adults or a forum where adults with it can discuss their own experiences. I am also having difficulty explaining to my boyfriend, family and friends what exactly this is and just how much it can effect a person. As somebody who suffers greatly from this with constant anxiety, avoidance, etc, I have spent my whole life feeling so effected by this but only being seen as lazy, dramatic, weak, etc.
I would love something that quickly but thoroughly just gives them an actual understanding of what exactly SPD is and just how much it can effect a person, more specifically adults. Any help in any of these areas would be so appreciated as I am anxious to begin my journey to coping with this disorder. Thank you!