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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Did my assessor not go deeply enough into my diagnosis?

Posted: 08 Sep 2022, 8:24 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 268


You may not have missed much: I was subthreshold on the "gold standard" ADOS, as are 30% of adult women (according to one study). By the ADOS2, I do not have ASD, but the dr diagnosed me with ASD based on a multitude of other factors and I am in agreement. Like you I am very good at maskin...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Having Aspergers

 Post subject: Re: Having Aspergers
Posted: 08 Sep 2022, 8:09 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 476


I almost didn't make it out of my 20s, and the 30s were rough, but now I am very satisfied (and moreso with a diagnosis and ASD-specific counseling). My cousin also had a difficult time and didn't make it to her 30s --- she was probably ADHD/GAD. So you could generalize to ND, not just ASD. Understa...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Burnout

 Post subject: Re: Burnout
Posted: 07 Sep 2022, 9:24 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 167


I took an intensive anxiety workshop and learned that I was "white knuckling" most of life (in chronic burnout). Before my DX I did not know I was anxious... it was my way of life. Now, like what you are saying, I am learning to have grace for myself, articulate and pursue my needs, deesca...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Worries about motherhood with ASD

Posted: 07 Sep 2022, 9:14 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 244


Or find a partner who will take on the parenting and you be the rich one. :D

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Worries about motherhood with ASD

Posted: 02 Sep 2022, 8:02 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 244


I have two children and was willing to have three. Pros and Cons. My husband is allistic, so that helps: I make plans, he implements or handles crowds. I think it comes down to awareness. I took communications, psychology and parenting classes, I devoured parenting books regarding neurological diffe...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do any of you struggle with finding jobs?

Posted: 28 Aug 2022, 11:02 am 

Replies: 23
Views: 691


Kraftie, agreed. I volunteer in the back office of a community support organization. Earlier this month they were super busy, so I offered to help a person donating. Anyhow, I didn't handle a "demand" she made well, so she left in a huff and said she'd donate elsewhere. Oops. With the corr...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Exercises mostly for people with NT?

Posted: 28 Aug 2022, 10:49 am 

Replies: 31
Views: 910


Wordplay. You wrote that the Mesiner method says to "follow your impulses" --- I have ASD - so if one were to be literal :D : to follow my impulses would most often produce an Autistic character. :D (Yes, I am aware that one can follow impulses to reach a goal that might be to behave diffe...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Giving Birth

 Post subject: Re: Giving Birth
Posted: 26 Aug 2022, 8:40 pm 

Replies: 22
Views: 510


I would honestly like to potentially have my own kids (without using surrogates or whatever), but I find pregnancy and child birth to be really scary. I have health issues that would put me and a baby at risk for complications. I'm also a bit short + don't know if my pelvis is wide enough for that ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do any of you struggle with finding jobs?

Posted: 24 Aug 2022, 7:27 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 691


Yes, I struggle. I have difficulties knowing what I can do and recalling what I have done. I mostly have gotten jobs by volunteering and contracting so that people get to know me and what I can do (and can't do). I am salaried and have to find teams that are inclusive of "eccentric" person...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Giving Birth

 Post subject: Re: Giving Birth
Posted: 24 Aug 2022, 6:47 pm 

Replies: 22
Views: 510


Mind blowing. Both times, at the final push, I was pretty sure I couldn't push anymore and accepted I might die. Then the babes came out and the "be happy" chemicals kicked in. I still remember the sensation (even sounds?) of the exits. I have relived it in dreams. (The hole is not so litt...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Exercises mostly for people with NT?

Posted: 24 Aug 2022, 6:39 pm 

Replies: 31
Views: 910


Are you fammiliar with Meisner? I have heard for the Mesiner method you already need a lot of skills and should just need to follow your impulses. Meisner sounds a bit stupid to me but then again I am no expert. I have not. I took drama classes. I learned to make appropriate expressions and raise m...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Social-Emotional Reciprocity

Posted: 20 Aug 2022, 11:26 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 440


I would say a difference in social-emotional reciprocity. My ASD BFF and I talk about this a lot. We reciprocate with each other just fine (exchange relevant information and ideas, stare or look around), but somehow neither of us meet the NT standards (darn, forgot to say "hello" again and...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Exercises mostly for people with NT?

Posted: 20 Aug 2022, 11:11 am 

Replies: 31
Views: 910


Hmmm, I am a thespian and would enjoy those exercises. Initially I would want specific directions and grace for my poor improvisation skills. That said, if the social cost isn't prohibitive, I'll try anything with or w/o good instruction. I'm the Aspie who mostly hits the gas (charges forward) when ...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: How do any of you handle PMS?

Posted: 20 Aug 2022, 11:01 am 

Replies: 22
Views: 814


It definitely helps me to anticipate it (3 days prior to period). Then I can give myself a "pass" for one day. My husband has been good that when I don't remember and feel like it's all just hopeless to remind me it's That day. It's funny-weird to me that each month that day's hopelessness...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do you have left-handed parents?

Posted: 11 Aug 2022, 8:43 pm 

Replies: 38
Views: 1,127


Agreed.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Are you "noticeably autistic"?

Posted: 08 Aug 2022, 3:01 pm 

Replies: 45
Views: 1,715


I'm noticeably something . Because I am female, extroverted and expressive, Autism does not come to mind for most people. I am able to suppress most stereotypical ASD traits in general company (which is unpleasant to do). I come across as the absent-minded professor or child-like. All bets are off w...
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