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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How Drugs are used in Autism

Posted: 15 May 2024, 2:48 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 1,088

I haven't looked into whether anyone is studying this in a scientific way. I hope so. But basically, there are a lot of medications that have different effects on autistic people than non-autistic people. There's a chicken and the egg problem with the neurological wiring in autistic adults- there ar...

 Forum: School and College Life   Topic: Post Pandemic Prospects for Autistic Educational Achievement

Posted: 15 May 2024, 2:25 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 1,642

Well jeez. I had a last minute trip and then came back. I thought to myself a minute ago-oh, I bet by now there have been some interesting replies to my question about educational achievement. Crickets. I'm still wondering. My trip happened to be at a college, where I was attending a personal event....

 Forum: School and College Life   Topic: Post Pandemic Prospects for Autistic Educational Achievement

Posted: 01 May 2024, 12:28 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 1,642

This may be more of a philosophical question, but it is directly about young people and college so I'm putting it here. I sometimes like to read a forum on another site that may start with a consonant, then have a forewardslash, and then have the word "teachers" after it...I'm not going to...

 Forum: School and College Life   Topic: Is it worth returning to college at 26

Posted: 01 May 2024, 12:09 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 7,188

Yes, just don't get a degree in something stupid. Make sure you can get a marketable job in whatever you're doing and then just concentrate on the work, not the people. Give yourself lots of time with your interests to recharge. Honestly, I would devote ZERO time to trying to present as normal or no...

 Forum: School and College Life   Topic: Getting Overwhelmed in College and Fear of Learning

Posted: 01 May 2024, 12:05 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 28,155

I was not allowed to go to school after halfway through the 2nd grade, so I was self-educated after that. I now have four different degrees. When I went to college for the first time, I had no idea how I was supposed to learn things. I developed a system for myself back then that became foolproof. I...

 Forum: School and College Life   Topic: getting mocked/bullied without realizing

Posted: 01 May 2024, 11:54 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 8,147

Setup: I am NT and this happened to me in college right when I was studying sociology but before my concentration was in autism. My friend and I used to sit on one side of the room. We probably appeared pretty stupid, because we did a lot of giggling and joking around, but we were actually both high...

 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: Masking at work

 Post subject: Re: Masking at work
Posted: 11 Mar 2024, 3:41 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 19,554

I really don't think it's a good idea to be too out and proud at work. I used to pansy foot around about this but now I'm just saying it's best to keep a lower profile. Don't make yourself into a problem. Get accommodations in a soft way whenever possible. Over time, autistic people can easily rise ...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Body language question?

 Post subject: Re: Body language question?
Posted: 11 Mar 2024, 3:26 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 4,326

If the other person is doing something, like cutting vegetables or watching for something out of a window. You come in and start talking. They don't turn around but continue the conversation: I would say they are saying, I am busy and this is more important, but I will take your conversation into ac...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Confronting people and thus losing them as friends

Posted: 11 Mar 2024, 3:21 pm 

Replies: 50
Views: 6,822

I honestly struggle keeping friends long term. I don't like it when people ask too much of me or get too personal. And I have a physical disability so I will randomly have to cancel plans at the last minute. A lot of people take that personally. I have had to simply disappear from many neurotypical ...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: "friend" suddenly started ignoring my emails

Posted: 11 Mar 2024, 3:10 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 13,210

I don't usually read this kind of thread but it's been an off day and this caught my interest. Okay so the sights have been set on Dena the fellow Aikido student, who is ignoring the social media and emails but speaking politely in person? And the question is now whether to repeat happy birthday wis...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Frivolous special interests

Posted: 11 Mar 2024, 2:55 pm 

Replies: 25
Views: 8,165

The "autism" in OPs statement is not the embarrassing special interest, it is the idea that every person does NOT have an embarrassing interest. The difference between neurotypical and autistic special interests is that neurotypical people do not really draw energy from time with their int...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Unmasking

 Post subject: Re: Unmasking
Posted: 11 Mar 2024, 2:45 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 2,301

As for unmasking: I would say you're going to need to spend time just noticing how you react to things, and then mull over whether you'd like to change that in future...For me, one of the biggest things is noticing what exhausts me or stresses me out the most, and taking steps to mitigate those sit...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Finding other Aspies at college?

Posted: 11 Mar 2024, 2:30 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 5,175

I agree. I have not heard a lot of success stories about autist clubs that were centered on autism. Just get him to hang around some interest themed places at his school. I also recommend a simple and I think underrated tactic: Wear interest based t-shirts. I myself am married to who I would describ...

 Forum: Bipolar, Tourettes, Schizophrenia, and other Psychological Conditions   Topic: Common Symptoms with ASD, BP, ADHD

Posted: 11 Mar 2024, 2:17 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 4,434

I have been browsing this site: It has amazing infographics that clearly display many topics of interest regarding "neurodiversity". I really like that the site has merged symptoms between autism and other conditions. My son has ADHD, my husband has Aspe...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What is a problem that an NT caused, and did not realize...

Posted: 07 Mar 2024, 5:38 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 4,123

NTs cause constant problems for themselves and others. I love to watch the hilarity unfurl. I am one of them and I do it all the time, but am aware. And sometimes do it on purpose, so I guess I don't count. I tell you something I do that is Helpful and not a Problem to autists, however. Sometimes I ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Embarrassed in a store

 Post subject: Re: Embarrassed in a store
Posted: 07 Mar 2024, 5:28 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 4,268

I grew up on food stamps, the predecessor to EBT. We were so poor my mom would send my brother and I through the line with a food stamp dollar to buy something that cost 25 cents so she could save up the other 75 cents in cash. This was in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Sad. I think it's kinda mess...
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