Incidentally, your suggesting a group walk up Snowdon is not what I'd have thought to be typical AS behaviour.
LOL! No....that was just a Death Wish.
The mountain only bothers me because I was thwarted on a Snowdonia camping trip in 2008, (I was there in loyal support of my old school friend, not for the love of canvas and tinned food, I hasten to add... A Force ten gale caused me to be taken off our camp in the hills with mild hypothermia....
I was the novice in the camp so trusted the others - but these 'pro' trekkers I went with obviously failed to check the weather forecast....)
In general anything that I've mucked up in the past I want to try and challenge again - hence also my interest in barefoot shoes and wanting to run, because as a teenager I hated running, and it thwarted me, and also going on walks always made me ache, and my feet hurt etc. Things I was petrified of as a kid, I've since challenged and won against, like fear of trains, public transport, the London Underground, flying, swimming....
Anyways. I wanted to get checked out ever since I met up with an online friend who had AS, about 4 or 5 years ago. I didn't really think anything of it at all until meeting her in person and straightway noticed her social behaviour & mannerisms was like...looking into a mirror...
I decided to get diagnosed because there's a real lack of diagnosed women with AS, and it's certainly not because there's far less of us - it's more due to them not being spotted, or just misdiagnosed with some kind of anxiety / agoraphobia / OCD or some other disorder, (Which my GP initially assumed I had) Women with AS are generally a little bit more social, and also manage to mask some of the behaviours that makes males with AS stand out more.
I did see a psychologist about problems about 20 years ago and was left (undiagnosed) with a bad feeling about the experience.
Sorry to hear this. 20 years ago was quite the dark ages when it comes to Asperger's awareness,
hence why I toiled through school with no support. GP's are a bit better informed now, but I had to have a bit of a tussle with mine to get referred to a Psychiatrist. When I finally did get a referral, the psychiatrist was in no doubt I had AS. (Fortunately for me he'd had a colleague who specialised in ASD's so he actually understood them!)
I find regular exercise definitely helps my anxiety, and my fascination with barefoot shoes has helped me take more exercise (unlike my teenage obsession with computer games which....didn't) and also spot Morton's which has been key in sorting out my foot pain. If I can now just figure out a way to manage all these joint and muscle issues through exercise, I'll be doing well, I think!
Agreed. One example: my parents thought I'd grow out of my finicky food preferences, but I didn't.
Bananas, mashed potato and raw tomato often cause offence... for me it was no exception.