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I am not an expert far from it. BUT i do express opinions here often. A son who was diagnosed at age 5, 40 years ago, a grandson (my daughters son) also diagnosed as a child, and finally my diagnosis at age 70 are my not so impressive credentials.
What I have learned from this and other Forums and Books is that the technical symptoms and how they present in us were not initially connected to me. Some of us have trouble with social cues especially at this age. Reading, listening and viewing made the answers a lot more credible to me. I began to see the connectedness. A few moments ago I posted on another topic my thoughts and activities this weekend and morning which were unbelievably in sync with the summary of symptoms for us young oldsters. 3 years ago I would not have recognised me in the summary presented. Lights will go on in your mind as you read the actions and thoughts of those “gifted” with this condition. Or Not. This lack of connectedness to the questions in the screener made me think “OH!” Thats what they meant by that question”
At your age I went from a prolific reader to seldom reading in a few short years. No i am not aware this is a symptom but one never knows. And all the actions you mentioned, doodling, Daydreaming, from boredom in school, but that might just be from becoming a tween and teen.
If you are interested, follow up by reading the other forum titles especially those by parents who are raising children and teens. See if you recognize any in you. A complete analysis and Diagnosis is expensive and time consuming. Thats why the screening test.
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