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 Forum: Bipolar, Tourettes, Schizophrenia, and other Psychological Conditions   Topic: INSOMNIA MEGA THREAD

Posted: 11 Dec 2020, 1:05 am 

Replies: 80
Views: 13,120

I confirmed that I shouldn’t have caffeine after noon on weekdays. It’s 12:25 EST and I’m waiting for my melatonin to kick in. The wife is watching SportsCenter, which is going to make it hard to sleep.

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Talk about your high school social experiences

Posted: 06 May 2020, 10:58 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 1,526

I developed early, and despite popular misconceptions, big breasts can be really annoying, especially when you’re a socially awkward teenage girl who isn’t particularly pretty otherwise and has the misfortune of being in a school full of misogynistic male teachers. My American history teacher made c...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: sensing other aspie girls/women

Posted: 06 May 2020, 10:39 pm 

Replies: 1
Views: 486

I’ve definitely had “kindred spirits” experiences like you described, but never tied it in with autism or other neurodiversity. I wish I did have a better sense of that sort of thing.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Can our pets sense AS/HFA?

Posted: 06 May 2020, 10:19 pm 

Replies: 25
Views: 711

I know animals have always gravitated toward me, even feral ones or ones that are generally shy or outright unfriendly with new people. When I worked nights at a women’s treatment center, the resident cat would see my car come in, walk over to where I parked, then follow me inside the building.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: ASD who actually like to drink alcohol

Posted: 16 Mar 2020, 10:11 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 1,116

I liked it a little too well. Fortunately I found my two recovery programs and am coming up on seven years sober.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: I can't relate to anybody, even others with autism.

Posted: 16 Mar 2020, 5:50 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 525

1. You have to give to get.
2. You are the common thread in all your interactions with people. If you’re constantly having problems connecting to people, take a hard look at yourself and see what needs to change. I’ve had to do this a few times, and I’m working on it right now again.

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Living in Quarantine is Weird

Posted: 15 Mar 2020, 4:54 pm 

Replies: 181
Views: 3,548

I agree that we need to take care of each other to the best of our ability to get through this. So far I’m still able to go to work (as far as I know), but my wife’s college has gone online only and our recovery meetings have mostly closed temporarily. I’m using Facebook Messenger and texting a lot....

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: I'm empty

 Post subject: Re: I'm empty
Posted: 15 Mar 2020, 4:46 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 796

You are not alone. We’re all here for you. As someone in recovery, I can tell you that dealing with stress without drinking or using drugs is really hard, but it can be done and it gets easier. Here are a couple of great resources: This ...

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Friendships out of obligation

Posted: 15 Mar 2020, 4:18 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 929

Oh wow, can I relate to this. (I posted a thread in the Haven on a similar topic not long ago.) I generally get along better with other ND folks . . . Depending on how their symptoms manifest themselves. If they’re similar to me (I have days where I struggle with executive functioning but generally ...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: leaving the country while on SSI? how does this work?

Posted: 15 Mar 2020, 3:17 pm 

Replies: 2
Views: 542

Following because I am also curious. My wife gets VA and SSDI benefits, and we’ve discussed the possibility of her going to grad school in Canada.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How to tell if somebody is faking ASD?

Posted: 15 Mar 2020, 3:15 pm 

Replies: 35
Views: 1,641

Why is it your business whether someone is faking ASD or not? That’s between them and their conscience. Obviously it’s a problem if they’re faking to get benefits, but unless you’re their caseworker, it’s not your problem.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Misophonia?

 Post subject: Misophonia?
Posted: 15 Mar 2020, 2:58 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 479

I don’t have a problem with noises like chewing, sucking something through a straw, etc. (Actually, I find the sound of chewing something crunchy rather pleasant.) But I can’t stand humming or whistling, especially if it’s out of tune. And certain people’s voices set me off. I have a male coworker w...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: What do you struggle with most day to day?

Posted: 15 Mar 2020, 2:35 pm 

Replies: 35
Views: 1,684

Being patient with myself and others.
Asking for help.
Not automatically leaping to the worst case scenario.
Believing that everyone is doing the best they can, me included.
Taking time to relax, and not feeling guilty about it.

 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Social media stresses me out

Posted: 15 Mar 2020, 2:15 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 789

I can only think of three good reasons to keep my Facebook: 1. An easy way to keep up with my activist and recovery circles 2. A few groups I enjoy (specifically cat and dog lover groups, fandom groups, and a humor group) 3. Messenger, which I’ve been using a lot, checking on my vulnerable friends a...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Anyone wish they were still a little girl?

Posted: 15 Mar 2020, 1:50 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 1,858

No, I love the emotional and social aspects of being an adult. The physical aspects, not so much. Perimenopause is as bad as puberty, I have some mild arthritis (mostly because of my weight), and I might need glasses again after not having them for 20-plus years. I do miss my old idealism, though. I...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do you detest salespeople?

Posted: 15 Mar 2020, 1:27 pm 

Replies: 28
Views: 1,118

I’ve worked in retail, food service, and telesales, so I know what thankless, frustrating jobs they are. I empathize with salespeople and in some industries, I salute them because I could never do it long-term.
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