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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Female Protective effect?

Posted: 23 Jun 2022, 5:17 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 287

Hmmm. Well, my family bucks that theory. Autism in most the women and girls, none in the men or boys (including my own children). So I am more Autistic than my male peer and paid less? Crap.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Did you go to Uni/College, what did you study?

Posted: 23 Jun 2022, 5:05 pm 

Replies: 28
Views: 598

I studied Electrical Engineering at a top U.S. university. I was middle of my class due to managing a myriad of life demands all at once. I did not know I was Autistic, but in retrospect I got accommodations (e.g. test retake in quiet room, extra time on project) with tears and begging. My self-conf...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: The consequences of “medical misogyny“ for autistic women

Posted: 23 Jun 2022, 4:50 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 207

I'm in a mopey mood today, so am not the Change today. Maybe other days. I reached crisis before 20; I'm glad to be here. My female cousin reached crisis in her late 20s; I am sad she's not here to talk about it. We both sought help again and again - we were both intelligent and well-behaved - we we...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Hot flashes

 Post subject: Re: Hot flashes
Posted: 22 Jun 2022, 7:22 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 327

Misslizard wrote:
Actually I feel better now that all that estrogen isn’t surging around.

My older cousins says she is similarly relieved. I've read that estrogen contributes to anxiety - I could do without surges of that.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: anxiety and aspergers

 Post subject: Re: anxiety and aspergers
Posted: 18 Jun 2022, 2:50 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 953

I didn't know I was anxious b/c it was all quite normal to me. A provider enrolled me in an intensive outpatient program for anxiety and I learned quite a bit. I now am more aware of my physical symptoms, I am empowered to face my concerns, ride the waves of emotions and have tools for self-care, I ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Harming ones self

 Post subject: Re: Harming ones self
Posted: 16 Jun 2022, 8:16 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 229

Sorry for your pain (emotional and perhaps now physical). I am familiar with that form of relief from decades past. I discovered a book about EFT (tapping) and that got me through some rough times. Recently I'm doing EMDR to address big feelings and sensory regulation tools. A friend of mine will ho...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Weaknesses or strengths?

Posted: 12 Jun 2022, 4:47 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 268

jimmy m wrote:
...He said I am beginning a new type of class called intensive Russian. Anyone who signs up to this class, I will guarantee an automatic minimum of a B grade for participating.

My hand was raised so quickly in the air, it might have created a windstorm.

LOL. Did you get a B?

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Hot flashes

 Post subject: Re: Hot flashes
Posted: 12 Jun 2022, 4:44 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 327

Oh, how cute... and functional. :D

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Alcohol and Autism

 Post subject: Re: Alcohol and Autism
Posted: 12 Jun 2022, 10:34 am 

Replies: 38
Views: 915

I am very sensitive, and learned early that alcohol impacted me quickly and negatively (I don't generally like the loss of control and it upsets my stomach). I was a teetotaler until during a decade-long medical hardship, two doctors(!) told me to drink. I tried it out in moderation: I have one smal...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Weaknesses or strengths?

Posted: 12 Jun 2022, 10:26 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 268

I would say it's a difference. In some situations (quick) it's a difficulty and in other situations (quality) it's a strength. My therapist says I focus on parts (what studies currently call "weak central coherence theory") and then when I get to the whole ---which I do eventually---, I ca...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Processing Delay

 Post subject: Re: Processing Delay
Posted: 12 Jun 2022, 10:07 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 254

^^ NT responses like that are illogical to me. If you say you have a high IQ - good for you! I might feel sorry for myself relative to that area (which is my problem), but not offended. ---I have a friend who mentions her MBA at any chance. I see this as her wanting it to gain recognition and respec...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Hot flashes

 Post subject: Re: Hot flashes
Posted: 12 Jun 2022, 9:30 am 

Replies: 10
Views: 327

A "usb fan" --- I am imagining a little fan that plugs into the computer. Yes, no? Also could be used in the car or any power outlet with a usb adapter. Temperature regulation. I wonder that it degrades with age, much less with other conditions such as you mentioned. My 8yo must have very ...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Hot flashes

 Post subject: Re: Hot flashes
Posted: 10 Jun 2022, 5:53 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 327

So sorry for the discomfort, and lack of company for the misery. I read a book on menopause and it manifests differently in different cultures. Are the differences genetic and/or cultural? Some cultures don't even have a word for a hot flash. Menopause is in some cultures is associated instead with ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Not being handled much as a child.

Posted: 09 Jun 2022, 8:30 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 376

Case study: (1) My AS mother also caressed and massaged me and told me she loved me. (2) My AS BFF's AS parents never touched her nor told her they loved her. I think it depends in part on upbringing, personality and self-awareness/improvement. I am an AS mother. My AS daughter avoids touch, but enj...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Emotional Regulation

 Post subject: Re: Emotional Regulation
Posted: 06 Jun 2022, 6:17 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 368

I completely relate. I like what you did with the boxes. In lieu of apologizing, you could thank the person. "I know I reacted very strongly, thank you for...." My therapist advises I can also say "I'm working on it..." Therapy and tools have helped me. I am just now teaching my ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Have you come back from a "first impression deficit"?

Posted: 06 Jun 2022, 6:07 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 348

Except it's in the court of NT social norms, such as it is :roll: Exactly that. IMHO there typically isn't sufficient context. Stranger shuns me: is it because of my high energy, is it because I'm not wearing make up, is it because I talked for over 30 second or under 5 seconds, is it because I loo...
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