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In 2021, I was identified as autistic with ADHD.  This blog includes poetry, self-reflection, and intimate sharing to tell my story of autism diagnosis at midlife; and provides an unflinching look at my journey through perimenopause from the perspective of a neurodivergent woman, wife, and mother.

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Allowing Envy

Allowing Envy

Yesterday I decided to allow envy. And as I think about that phrase 'allow envy' my mind wants to make it 'I allowed envy to get the better of me'. But it didn't get the better of me. The envy I experienced didn’t have an overall negative impact on me. In fact I...

About Me

My name is Jamie, and I am 45 years old. I am originally from the USA but I live in Australia with my husband and two daughters.

I have worn many labels throughout my life. As a young child in America, I was first identified as gifted and ‘painfully shy’.

Throughout the years, I was diagnosed with many mental health conditions such as depression, generalised anxiety disorder, OCD, hypochondria. As a young mother I had prenatal anxiety and depression, as well as postnatal anxiety and depression. At times I had wondered if I had bipolar disorder, and even borderline personality disorder.

If you are neurodivergent, you’ve probably been through the misdiagnosis and google diagnosis merry-go-round too. Maybe, like me, you’ve also been on the medication merry-go-round as well.  And part of my brain make-up is my desire to keep digging until I find the answers. I knew that there was something more going on than ‘just’ anxiety and depression. I knew that I was different from as far back as I could remember. I just couldn’t come to a conclusion that seemed to tick all the boxes.

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