30 Apr '17, 2am

Adults find out they're autistic

For most of her life, Dr Dawn-joy Leong, 51, has been viewed as an oddball. She could fold origami at three years old and composed a musical play at the age of nine. But while obviously intelligent, she was labelled difficult and spoilt when she had what were perceived as tantrums and could not be consoled. In school, teachers said she was lazy when she aced English Language but failed English literature, despite studying hard for both subjects. As a young adult, Dr Leong, the third of four daughters, found it challenging to make out societal norms and expectations. She felt lost trying to figure out what to say and how to behave at parties. The concept of telling white lies to avoid social embarrassment was also bewildering to her as she preferred to be frank and direct. When she was in her early 40s, she felt suicidal following the death of her father, to whom she had be...

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