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 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: BBC News: 'autism caused by sodium valproate'

Posted: 07 Feb 2024, 5:34 am 

Replies: 20
Views: 1,309


Autism is a developmental disorder, meaning the brain / nervous system has not developed in the usual way. This could be hereditary or it could be caused by a gene mutation. Sodium valproate is a known teratogen - that is, it can affect embryo development. So it is not surprising that some cases of ...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: How do you relate to other women if you are able?

Posted: 13 Jan 2024, 2:11 am 

Replies: 10
Views: 6,871


I meet up with some ladies from a writers' group, so when I run out of conversation I just ask them what they're writing or tell them about mine. And failing that we can talk about books, movies etc. And our kids. But yes, I know exactly what you mean, it can be hard to relate to other women. Even w...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Period

 Post subject: Re: Period
Posted: 13 Jan 2024, 2:02 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 2,442


Probably just menopause hormones, I guess. Or the body runs out of ova... but wait... found another one :D

I've been waiting a couple of years for my periods to stop but they just kept coming. But now I've missed two months and getting hot flashes so it's finally happening.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Hi I"m Koé

 Post subject: Re: Hi I"m Koé
Posted: 07 Jan 2024, 12:40 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 1,335


I'm sorry I don't have experience with this issue so this may be wrong, it is just my thought.
It sounds like Koe's emotional responses are easily triggered.
If this is similar to an anxiety disorder in adults, we would practice breathing techniques which can help calm the nervous system.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Hi I"m Koé

 Post subject: Re: Hi I"m Koé
Posted: 07 Jan 2024, 12:34 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 1,335


How old is Koe?

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Executive function?

 Post subject: Re: Executive function?
Posted: 07 Jan 2024, 12:31 am 

Replies: 27
Views: 4,071


I don't really have a problem with chores. I am paralyzed by more challenging things, like having to sort out a mistake on my property taxes, which I have been putting off for two years. I truly have no idea how to handle that and it is hanging over me like a dread. Or more generally by things that...

 Forum: Health, Fitness, and Sports   Topic: Stop and start meds

 Post subject: Re: Stop and start meds
Posted: 06 Jan 2024, 6:23 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 22,248


Generally I think it should be OK to go back on them, but check with your doctor. Because you were on antidepressants for so long (nearly 10 years), your brain will have downregulated it's natural serotonin production, and it may not have fully adjusted back. So you might actually need to return a b...

 Forum: School and College Life   Topic: the story of Bonifacius

 Post subject: Re: the story of Bonifacius
Posted: 06 Jan 2024, 6:16 pm 

Replies: 2
Views: 7,179


If you are asking whether you have autism/Aspergers, there is nothing to indicate so.
Your experiences sound more like ASPD.

But I wish you the best in your further studies and in life.

 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: Why I Quit My Teaching Job and Why I'm Going Back

Posted: 06 Jan 2024, 6:03 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 5,100


You're probably not getting many replies because your post was quite long to read through, and it wasn't clear what kind of responses you were looking for. You could break it down - ask more specific job questions in this subforum, and for emotional support post in the Haven subforum.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Executive function?

 Post subject: Re: Executive function?
Posted: 06 Jan 2024, 5:37 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 4,071


It's described as being made up of working memory, cognitive flexibility, and impulse control, but those strike strike me as three very different things. Cognitive flexibility and impulse control are both looked after by the executive, who is located in the white matter of the frontal or prefrontal...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Executive function?

 Post subject: Re: Executive function?
Posted: 06 Jan 2024, 5:25 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 4,071


To understand the term "executive function", imagine there's a little guy (the executive) sitting in your head. When he's asleep, we just follow our instincts - we eat and sleep etc as we like. When he's awake, he reminds us of other things we need to be doing like washing the dishes strai...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Executive function?

 Post subject: Re: Executive function?
Posted: 06 Jan 2024, 5:14 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 4,071


When I'm feeling overwhelmed it is often because I have this feeling that there are so many things I need to do and I don't know where to start and it just feels like this huge pressure on me. Personally I find it really useful to make a list. But I have to go through and work out priorities, as in ...

 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: Why I Quit My Teaching Job and Why I'm Going Back

Posted: 04 Jan 2024, 10:47 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 5,100


Teaching special education sounds like a great move.
I hope it works out for you.

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Cruelty

 Post subject: Re: Cruelty
Posted: 02 Jan 2024, 5:38 am 

Replies: 30
Views: 1,210


Hello bee, Is this pain related to the situation you are in? You mentioned emotional abuse. If you feel like you are being emotionally abused you need to talk it through with someone like a counsellor or an abuse victim hotline or something like that, where there are experts who can suggest options ...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Our autistic young adult daughter

Posted: 31 Dec 2023, 8:43 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 11,739


Another factor may be that she was diagnosed as an adult only 2 years ago. Adult diagnosis tends to lead to a lot of reflection on one's life and throws up a lot of baggage. One goes through a period of re-evaluating past events new with the knowledge of ones autism/ADHD. Previous hurtful or traumat...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Have you heard of "malicious compliance"?

Posted: 28 Dec 2023, 9:10 pm 

Replies: 55
Views: 18,299


Believe it or not, I've been forced into behaving with "malicious compliance" by rigid bosses who want you to do things a way that you know is stupid - but crack down hard on anyone who dares to disagree or not do what they are told. So basically, to keep my job I had to do whatever dumb t...
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