I worry my autism will stop me finding a girlfriend
DEAR DEIDRE: AUTISM stops me getting a girlfriend but as a single man of 35, I’d like to find my life partner.
I found out I had high-functioning autism last year.
It was quite a shock but I have always found it difficult to read people’s expressions and also to make connections.
I do speed dating at times and I try to do hobbies that will bring me into contact with women.
I think perhaps I need to be more spontaneous – to just be myself.
I tend to plan what questions I am going to ask but it doesn’t work.
It would mean so much to me if I could find a girlfriend.
DEIDRE SAYS: It is natural that you want to find a loving relationship but speed dating is unlikely to work well for someone who can’t read emotional signals quickly.
Better look for a friendship that can then lead to more.
The National Autistic Society has an online community and social groups to help you make contact with others (autism.org.uk, 0808 800 4104).
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