I've been diagnosed with autism at 21 and can't forgive my parents for ignoring it during my childhood

I feel I have been robbed of the sort of life I should have had.

I live with my mum as she split up with my dad three years ago.

My diagnosis did not come until late because my parents did not talk to me about it at all. They were frightened I would be labelled.

It is true I always thought I was different but the last thing I expected was to be told I have autism.

I cannot forgive them. Even now Mum is struggling to understand me and Dad has walked away.

I feel there’s help I should have got which would have made a difference to my life.

Mum and Dad just closed their eyes and did nothing.

DEIDRE SAYS: I see why you’re angry but you can best help yourself now by encouraging your parents to understand autism rather than raging about the past.

Tell your mum and dad you need their support – but be ready to act on your own.

The National Autistic Society can help you all (autism.org.uk, 0808 800 4104).

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