I lived 25 years of my life before being diagnosed with ADHD. Although I’m not at all trying to compare autism to ADHD, your words deeply resonate. The othering, the unknown, the “what makes them likable and not me?”, the frustration, the depression and anxiety. All true to the childhood neurodiverse experience.
Thank you for writing this, it’s absolutely beautiful. Just by putting your words out, you’ve helped others to feel seen. ❤️