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I’ve been diagnosed with autism in my 30s. I only wish I’d known sooner

Stefanie Preissner


If I had been diagnosed earlier maybe I could have spared myself years of feeling ‘other’, writes ‘Life’ columnist Stefanie Preissner

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Stefanie Preissner was diagnosed with autism as an adult.

Stefanie Preissner was diagnosed with autism as an adult.

Stefanie Preissner was diagnosed with autism as an adult. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Stefanie Preissner was diagnosed with autism as an adult. Picture by Gerry Mooney

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Stefanie Preissner was diagnosed with autism as an adult.

In my first years at school we learned the poem Humpty Dumpty. We were asked to draw the story of the poem. To present our pictures to each other, we all stood around the edge of the classroom and one at a time each of my peers revealed a different version of the same picture. An egg on a wall. I was sweating, if six- year-olds can sweat.

When it came to my turn I lowered my head as I turned my picture around. It was a blond boy sitting on the wall, surrounded by horsemen. Everyone laughed. Where in the poem does it say he is an egg?


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