He never misses a deadline at work, yet cannot remember to give our dog his heart medication.
Partners of people on the spectrum are drawn to what they can sense is inside their partner.
No one realized - in fact he often went without realizing - that his baseline anxiety approached panic on a regular basis.
As soon as he was out of bed, existential angst was his constant companion.
So what was the problem I ran into with the collaborating therapist? When Joe would tear up recounting his wife's rage and disappointment, he'd hear "So Mr. " (I'm sorry to say this is a direct quote.) The general public, even many clinicians, cannot believe someone like Joe can be autistic. His wife comes home to a man who has retreated to isolation as a desperate attempt to find peace and rest.