Amen to this 👏🏼👏🏼❤️
Yeah! I would have loved this all these years, and I love that posts like this exist for people now 👏🏼💙💜
Amen to this! Excellent short-but-sweet, quality-over-quantity type of post! 👏🏼👏🏼😊💓
Thoughts are echoing in my head, bouncing off the walls of my mind. The noise of these echoes make it impossible to focus on what I should be doing. They make it hard to remember, what that was, exactly. That thing I had / wanted / was told to do.
I wish there was a “mute” button for my mind.
Lovely post! I can relate so much to this 😊❤️❤️
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Yes 😊 This post sums up my struggles, too! It’s not so much the Asperger’s/autism that is the bad thing, it’s the lack of understanding that persists in a largely nonautistic world and especially the symptom-based medical and mental health fields. This very thorough post expresses so well the very real consequences of that lack of understanding. I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but this is really worth sharing! ❤️❤️
A little less than a year ago I had the most devastating, fascinating realization of my life – I am autistic. Yes, I’m “high-functioning” meaning I have no intellectual disability and retain the power of speech, but my autism (formerly called Asperger’s Syndrome) is not mild. It affects my moment-to-moment life every day in ways I am still discovering. Moreover, my condition has affected the long-term course and events of my life tremendously and will continue to significantly affect me the rest of my days.
In the fall of 2016, I had come to a point in my life where the mental healthcare establishment had seemingly given up on me and I on it. I’d been put on every psychiatric drug and combination of drugs imaginable and had not been helped, and in many cases hurt, by them. No amount of talk therapy could get to the bottom of why…
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Such an important topic. Let’s have the conversation 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼❤️👍🏼
This, so much!! I’ve carried this very sentiment over the past year. Afraid to seek help because it might make it worse, not better. A life of being not-believed, not-taken-seriously will do that. This post perfectly sums up much of what’s been rolling around in my mind, too! If you’re not alone and neither am I, then I reckon there are others out there feeling like this, too! And yep, I think the People-Pleasing thing is a Thing. Even if it hasn’t been “officially” acknowledged yet. We’re just among the trailblazers is all! 😉🖐🏼🖐🏼💓💓
Y’all, this is one of the first Aspie/autistic female blogs I found, written by a wonderful person who is one of the first friends I made in the AS community. The whole blog is a must-read!! 😘❤️❤️
I haven’t seen a psychologist in over a year. And I don’t know that I’ll ever go back to seeing one because, frankly, they scare me. You’re given a ‘safe’ place to talk, but at your first session you’re told ‘rules’ e.g. what you say is confidential unless you’re at risk of hurting yourself or others, etc.
Using the above example as an example – I know myself that I’m not at risk of harming myself or others. I know it. But sometimes a dark thought or two crosses my mind. I don’t act on them, obviously. But the problem is I can’t know that by speaking them out loud is not enough of a reason for a psychologist to break confidentiality. I don’t feel I can give a psychologist the ‘whole story’, so I never really have. Matter of fact I take their CBT lessons and try to apply…
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Brilliant post! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼. The last sentence drives it home – “If we did not reach for the stars, if we did not look for the unseen or for the beauty in the people around us and appreciate what we have then we are no better than the beast of the field.” – yes, yes, and more Yes!! 💗💗
Yes, this! “NT Autism professionals think their tools and strategies work, there’s very often an idea that the less autistic the person appear, the more they can claim success.” Nailed it 👍👍🌺
As a parent to an autistic kid, I read a lot about different strategies to make the world more accessible to my kid. About different ways of meeting sensory needs, create predictability and giving my kid the best possible opportunity to understand the world. To relieve stress and create recovery time. As much as possible, I read about autistic people’s experiences, needs and ways of meeting those needs, but sometimes I read something from an autism professional who isn’t autistic, or isn’t writing from an autistic point of view. And I hate it.
Not because all of it is totally bad, but because most of the times, the values permeating it are horrible. Besides from not working the way these NT autism professionals think their tools and strategies work, there’s very often an idea that the less autistic the person appear, the more they can claim success. As an autistic…
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This is just an amazing post! I’m partway through this book myself (reminder to self: resume reading!), and it has been a real eye-opener for me as well. Both Tony Attwood’s book and this post are great reads! 👏🏼👏🏼😘❤️