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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do you think autistic people constantly need reminders?

Posted: 31 Mar 2024, 12:22 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 4,142


I'm ASD/ADHD and so not sure how much is which. I "live in the moment" and can forget something in an instant. I'll agree to do something and within 5 seconds see something and forget what I was wholeheartedly intent on doing. My kids are nice about it: "Mom, did you...?" Me: &qu...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Clueless on what to do

 Post subject: Re: Clueless on what to do
Posted: 31 Mar 2024, 12:15 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 525


My BFF and I didn't hit our stride until our 30s and we've done well since then. At your age I was homeless - it was my birthday and I cried so hard. Fast forward 20 years and it's a world of difference better. Hang in there. Wishing you find the job/situation that fits you and/or that it finds you!...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Trauma from Existence of Menstruation

Posted: 29 Mar 2024, 8:55 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 3,234


I'm constantly telling my spouse: I have Autism and periods!! !! !! !! !! !! ! And frankly the periods are worse. I don't have contempt for them, but I really, really, really don't like the pain, uncertainty and complications that go along with them. Life is hard enough to manage and throw in monthl...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: A really weird menopause symptom?

Posted: 29 Mar 2024, 8:44 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 3,065


I have been having internal tremors for 20 months now. Mine were triggered by COVID, which also disrupted my menstrual cycle for six months. Relevant for me, I read studies that confirm that Long COVID (or boosters) and internal tremors are a thing and disproportionately affect women ages 40-60. My ...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Do you hide your gender?

Posted: 29 Mar 2024, 8:32 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 3,470


I'm what one called a "tomboy" back in the day. In college I avoided feminine clothing. I still do to some degree, but I think it's mostly protective (don't want to attract negative attention). That said, I don't meet the slew of female standards. I consider myself female but don't "f...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: I got a medical alert bracelet disclosing my diagnosis

Posted: 01 Feb 2024, 10:35 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 5,080


The most discombobulated I have ever been was on the subway in Washington DC. I began to get very, extremely overloaded by all the motions and lights, etc. I was still in a state for like 20 minutes after getting off! I remember thinking people probably thought I was on drugs cuz that was the most ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: I got a medical alert bracelet disclosing my diagnosis

Posted: 31 Jan 2024, 12:58 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 5,080


If I'm ever questioned about it by a medical professional, I guess I will just tell them that it means I need direct communication (no beating around the bush) and that I am prone to sensory overload and that some medical equipment may affect that Like this. :!: I have difficulty paring it all down...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Early autism diagnosis=no personality

Posted: 27 Jan 2024, 9:21 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 4,867


Oh, I was thinking about my DNA testing. I'm an American "mutt" (as they say here). A person can look at me and see the Swedish and western European (but probably not the eastern European too much, my sister manifested that, as well as OCD). My point being that I have traits from all these...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Early autism diagnosis=no personality

Posted: 27 Jan 2024, 6:44 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 4,867


I get it. I am told I was happy and energetic as a child then when I started school (socializing) that changed. So as an adult I am still by default happy, energetic and loud and then relative to social misunderstandings I am quiet, anxious and depressed. I am ASD/ADHD. My ADHD son and I are express...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autism ID/Car Insurance Issues

Posted: 27 Jan 2024, 6:29 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 4,404


I don't have answers, but I am appalled if this is so. I saw the option in my state (to the west) and liked the theory but am also concerned about the practice. Let us know what you find out.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autism & Adoption link? and other questions

Posted: 24 Jan 2024, 2:46 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 3,711


Welcome to WP. Kudos to you for posting. My Autistic mother was in foster care until she emancipated. I think one link could be that neurodiverse (ND) parents didn't/don't have sufficient awareness nor support. My likely Autistic grandmother wanted to work but was told to forget (1930s) and her ment...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: No kids not by choice

 Post subject: Re: No kids not by choice
Posted: 20 Jan 2024, 10:15 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 8,405


Almost - biological circumstances. In my case I had the option to adopt. While I fostered, I also looked into "child-free living". The founder of the Infertility Assocation did an audio conference --- it was wonderful. She shared how she grieved and that in time it lessened, but even still...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: When a NT male finds out you are Autistic

Posted: 20 Jan 2024, 9:54 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 3,966


I am not dating, but I do have a new job and met new people. Generally I tell them about my characteristics - I like to think deeply about certain subjects, I feel strongly about fairness and justice, I take sensory breaks, etc. When it's time I mention I'm ND and if the subject comes up and I the c...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: The dismissal - infantilization - outburst loop

Posted: 20 Jan 2024, 9:39 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 981


Yes, it is bigger than that. It seems that many (NT) folks tend to infantilize children. I don't do that. I speak to my children and others respectfully and expect that they can be responsible for themselves (within reason). I've read memoirs written by Autistic parents (mostly mothers) and it appea...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Period

 Post subject: Re: Period
Posted: 20 Jan 2024, 9:34 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 3,760


Sarcasm: The menstrual cycle and perimenopause especially are lovely.

Handling hormonal cycles (or the Change) on top of ASD... just lovely.

One More Thing.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: The dismissal - infantilization - outburst loop

Posted: 13 Jan 2024, 11:52 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 981


I just read in a middle school book "I'll do that for you if you stop baby talking me..." I think for many folks if we can get ahead of it, then we'd do better, but in reaction is hard b/c we have emotions to regulate. Getting ahead of it remains hard for me, so I imagine handing out writt...
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