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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Looking for stories of overachievement then "social burnout"

Posted: 14 Jul 2024, 5:06 am 

Replies: 17
Views: 529


I was a more modest achiever, not an A-grade student so less pressure - and while there were mini-burnouts along the way, I made it to forty before having a big one.

It's been tough hanging onto work since then, as I get mini-burnouts regularly and big ones every 2-3 years.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What do you do to maintain structure in your day?

Posted: 14 Jul 2024, 4:29 am 

Replies: 10
Views: 274


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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: destroyed your life

 Post subject: Re: destroyed your life
Posted: 14 Jul 2024, 4:21 am 

Replies: 36
Views: 3,797


Almost destroyed by a controlling former husband who emotionally abused me and my kids.
Feel like I'm mentally over that now, 6 years after "escaping".
But I think the something-like-PTSD I developed may have permanently affected my health.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: how many WPers here like living in small towns?

Posted: 14 Jul 2024, 3:13 am 

Replies: 24
Views: 546


Not sure if I'm in a large town or small city (population maybe 200,000?) - but I really like it. There's everything you need within a few minutes - and being Australia it's not overcrowded, there's space. One of the shopping centres gets too noisy and crowded for me but I go to another, they're equ...

 Forum: News and Current Events   Topic: RIP, Donald Sutherland.

 Post subject: Re: RIP, Donald Sutherland.
Posted: 28 Jun 2024, 12:48 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 960


My favorite role of his was in Invasion Of The Body Snatchers, the 1978 remake of the original film. He played the lead, discovering how people who have "changed" actually have been replaced by emotionless invaders from space. He starred along with Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum, and Veroni...

 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: Microsoft Teams

 Post subject: Re: Microsoft Teams
Posted: 28 Jun 2024, 12:33 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 1,687


We have Teams at work and I find it really clunky and cumbersome. Maybe it's OK for people who have time to spend working out how to use all the functions - but for someone like me who is busy with other work and just wants an easy and intuitive way to pop off a quick message or check if someone is ...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: I see my life falling apart

Posted: 28 Jun 2024, 12:24 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 799


Married for 30 years, toxic relationship, a wife that wish me dead but is not accepting to divorce because of her fear of poverty and the insane economic commitments that we took. You can file for divorce & eventually have a judge approve it even if she is fighting against that. It sounds to me...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Masking

 Post subject: Re: Masking
Posted: 28 Jun 2024, 12:17 am 

Replies: 19
Views: 844


Specialists who have experience in diagnosing ASD in adults can usually see through any masking. When they ask you questions, just answer honestly according to your gut feelings and try to avoid using your masking to provide the responses that seem most like those of a "normal person". I a...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How do you explain your difficulties?

Posted: 28 Jun 2024, 12:06 am 

Replies: 27
Views: 1,203


I find it difficult also, especially explaining vague issues like fatigue. Because everyone gets tired sometimes, it's hard to get across that I may be dealing with a level of fatigue above what they are imagining. And hence when I say I'm not able to do a certain thing or attend something which I'd...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: "you're always gonna be different to everyone else"

Posted: 28 Jun 2024, 12:00 am 

Replies: 40
Views: 1,165


That was the sort of realisation that led to me getting diagnosed. As with others, Aspergers wasn't a diagnosis when I was a kid so I never knew what was wrong. I just spent decades working as hard as I could at "being normal" - trying to behave like everyone else. EVENTUALLY when I was in...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: French news channel suggests link between autism and polluti

Posted: 07 Apr 2024, 5:26 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 3,757


It's epigenetics. There are a lot of people with polygenic risk for autism but they don't have it because they (or their preceding sperm / ovum) were not exposed to the stress / inflammation / drugs / pollutants which "turn on" the relevant genes during brain development. Much of the huge ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Different types of autism?

Posted: 05 Apr 2024, 9:32 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 3,271


There are as many different types of autism as there are autistic people. But as this is a bit too complex for people to grasp, and for the purposes of 'treatment', there's a tendency to divide us into groups. This used to be diagnoses like classic autism (which would likely cover those with movemen...

 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: Is it reasonable to conscript the unemployed in the army?

Posted: 22 Mar 2024, 11:36 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 6,344


We're having a lot of youth crime around here, and it makes me think maybe getting everyone to do a year of national service after school might be a good thing. Not just the unemployed but everybody. And not just for defence but for building projects, disaster relief work etc. Seems like a win-win f...

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

Posted: 07 Feb 2024, 5:34 am 

Replies: 20
Views: 4,890


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: 21
Views: 13,335


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: 3,852


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.
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