Life on the Autism spectrum

John - Interview 08b

Age at interview: 47
Age at diagnosis: 45

Brief outline: After having a lot of contact with mental health services over the years, John was diagnosed with mild Asperger syndrome aged 45. Previous employment has proved problematic for John and he feels employers should be more aware of Asperger syndrome.

Background: John is single and an unemployed admin worker. Ethnic background/nationality: White mixed UK/Irish

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John describes having a lot of contact with mental health services over the years before being diagnosed with mild Asperger syndrome at the age of 45. John had gone back to his GP two years ago to ask if he could have treatment for his concentration problems and the GP made a fresh referral to psychiatric services who then diagnosed him. 
John has been unemployed for three years and thinks this is because he works at a slower pace than other people and the emphasis on team work and being sociable at work is problematic for him. He describes being very content to be on his own. John would like employers to be more aware of Asperger syndrome so they can understand employees better. 
John describes having a ‘tendency to obsessiveness’ and domestic concerns can dominate his life at times. He has a compulsion to hoard books and electrical equipment. He has also found it difficult to sustain a relationship, particularly with trying to establish rapport in the first place.
John has become involved in a local support group recently and enjoys interacting with other people with Asperger syndrome.


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