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Cynthia M. Parkhill 2:48pm, 24 July 2009
I have just joined this group. Here is a brief introduction.

After a lifetime of feeling out of place and "different," I learned in mid-2007 about Asperger syndrome and autism spectrum disorders.

A friend of the family who had read the DSM IV told my husband that she believed I had Asperger syndrome.

I began to read extensively: "All cats have asperger syndrome," by Kathyy Hoopman; "The Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome" by Tony Attwood and much more. Reading these books was like reading my own biography.

With the wealth of literature to explain my condition, I felt confident in issuing self-diagnosis for myself.

In February 2009 I participated in a volunteer study at the U.C. Davis M.I.N.D. Institute, where the researcher-psychologist validated my self-diagnosis with her administered-test results.
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