At 43, I was diagnosed with autism: “My mother remains in disbelief”

Unraveling Hidden Challenges: A Late Diagnosis of ADHD and Asperger’s and the Need for Comprehensive Data Tracking

After my diagnosis, everything started to make sense. I finally understood why I struggled in job interviews and faced difficulties as a child. The diagnosis of ADHD shed light on many of the challenges I had faced. It was unfortunate that I was unaware of these conditions earlier on. If I had known about my Asperger’s, I may not have pursued a master’s degree in business administration at Bar-Ilan, as I would have realized that it may not be the right path for me to progress as I had hoped.

Growing up in New York and moving to Israel at 22, Tanenbaum reflects on the lack of awareness surrounding autism during his childhood. His family did not recognize any signs of disability, and even today his mother questions his diagnosis. The discovery of having Asperger’s did not bring him relief as expected. Instead of feeling relieved, he found himself feeling angry about the challenges he had faced throughout his life.

Dr. Amir Tal, the chief scientist of Beit Eckstein of the Danal Group, notes the recent shift in focus towards addressing the unique needs of adults on the autism spectrum. In the past, research tended to prioritize the needs of children, overlooking the fact that these children grow up to become adults with their own set of challenges. While strides have been made to better understand the needs of adults, there is still a lack of systematic data on late diagnoses of autism and their consequences on individuals and society.

In this digital age, it is crucial to create a comprehensive database to track those who receive late autism diagnoses. This data would allow for targeted therapy tailored to the unique needs of individuals diagnosed later in life. By acknowledging and addressing the specific needs

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