I was diagnosed as an adult with high functioning autism at the beginning of 2015. I had suspected that I was autistic for years before my diagnosis. I have always felt different and suffered a lot of bullying and bad treatment from people since I was a small child. I left my teaching job in 2009 due to difficulties with other staff who made my life and job very difficult for more than 7 years. I suffer less bullying from people now partly because I am more aware of myself and because I have very little to do with people on a day to day basis. This has made me much happier although when I was diagnosed I was told that I suffered mild depression and anxiety. I must have had severe depression when I was a teacher!
Leaving teaching has given me the time to return to my art. I did not have much time when I was teaching to do my art work. I find that I can say a lot of things through my art that I would find difficult to do directly to a person. It has helped me to make sense of various things that have happened in my life and also gives me a purpose. I paint and draw during the day while my kids are at school and feel like I have achieved something at the end of the day. If I did not have art to focus on I would be watching daytime TV and become depressed or I would feel like an underachiever.
I update my art blog regularly with new art work and explain some of my thoughts behind each work so that people can understand me and my art a bit better.