I've created this as a spin-off of the autism thread, because I saw two separate, but related trends going on in there:
1. The trials and tribulations of raising a child with autism
2. The trials and tribulations of being an adult with autism
This thread is for the latter.
Here's a tidbit for discussion: 'After what I've been through, don't tell me I'm not autistic'
Oftentimes, people will equate autism with being nonverbal, or being perpetually infantile (and therefore infantilized). It's infuriating when you get that from professionals.
Two paraphrased examples:
My primary physician, when telling her of my diagnosis: "I never would have thought that." (I wish I had grilled her for details, but I was still quite new to the diagnosis myself.)
My psychiatrist: "So your speech was delayed? Asperger's is a delay in speech; autism means you can't speak at all." (I threw the DSM V at him, but he remained unconvinced.)