DEAR DEIDRE: I THINK my husband might be autistic.
We have been together for 15 years and have a son, who’s 12, with ADHD.
A few years ago, my husband started to act strangely – staying up all day and night, or waking up and going for runs at four in the morning.
He’d go out shopping and spend money like we were millionaires, buying designer shirts and shoes or computer equipment.
Then he would get very depressed because we couldn’t pay the bills and he’d act moody and rude for weeks.
After that, he would suddenly get really happy again and be full of energy.
I am 43 and told him to see a doctor but he insists there is nothing wrong with him.
I love him dearly – he’s my soulmate – but he is often impossible to live with these days.
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DEIDRE SAYS: While you say these “symptoms” started only a few years ago, people on the spectrum are born that way.
They don’t suddenly change.
I am not able to give a medical diagnosis but this could be a mental health issue.
Please persuade your husband to see his GP to rule out anything sinister and get possible treatment.
Tell him you love him, are worried about him and that he is not the man you married.
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