At the request of @Ningsta Kitty , I finally have some time to post some struggles/joys of my Aspie daughter.
She once told me that she felt like our guinea pig or some other small prey animal: jumpy, easily startled, and always on the lookout for danger.
Her biggest challenge is anxiety. She takes the smallest dose of Prozac which regulates her serotonin levels enough to prevent meltdowns, physical violence, and sleepless nights. This prescription is a miracle for us.
She once told me that looking into a person's eyes makes her feel like she is drowning into their soul. She looks into people's eyes all the the time now but says it still feels the same.
She doesn't sleep well in large rooms or rooms with high ceilings.
She is a very picky eater. She loves simple carbs and sugar.
She makes an effort at hygiene but sometimes still does not brush her teeth very well.
After her late diagnosis (age 13), she made the decision to "normalize." The learning that she undertook in this effort has made her a perceptive student of human behavior. It's incredible - the motivations and patterns of others that she picks up on (you'd think she was an INFJ)!
if you want more, let me know.