Makes complete sense! Exactly what I went through. I never suspected autism until the anxiety began to look like more than just anxiety (stuck thoughts, overwhelming sensory issues, etc…), and when things that should have been improving if it were only ADHD were actually getting worse (social interactions mostly).
While having an additional autism diagnosis doesn’t change treatment, it provided a huge missing piece of understanding my son fully… and that’s priceless. It helps me do the very best I can for him and help him be the best version of himself he can be. 🙂
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