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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Depression

 Post subject: Re: Depression
Posted: Yesterday, 5:37 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 221

Kitty, so sorry. I was depressed for many decades, almost didn't survive. My support system know thinks it was a result of significant social invalidation and unchecked anxiety. When I went through a medical hardship in my 30s I called myself "functionally depressed". Mostly days of despai...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Are you autistic and gifted?

Posted: Yesterday, 5:31 pm 

Replies: 33
Views: 442

I asked my ASD evaluator if it was possible to be highly intelligent and allistic and he said "yes". Bummer. :wink: My parents are highly intelligent (in the typically-measured Binet way): my mom is Autistic and my father is allistic (but neurodivergent in other ways). So for ASD it's 50/5...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: How Diagnosis Is Life-Changing for Autistic women

Posted: 01 Dec 2022, 7:17 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 2,024

blueraspberry, I relate. I am having a chuckle thinking about announcing at my workplace, "I know you expect a '2' aaaaaaand..." All the times I provided a deliverable and the initial response was WTH and then later I got an "ah-ha!" (and if I didn't, it wasn't the place for me)....

 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: What's the best thing or job to do

Posted: 23 Nov 2022, 10:34 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 416

Contract jobs were my path to a career. My BFF did data-entry jobs for a while after her Masters. I was 27 when I "fell" into my career. My ASD BFF was 30-something when she "fell" into hers. Over 20 years later, we are both well-respected professionals. I am constantly amazed at...

 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: First officially day of new job.

Posted: 23 Nov 2022, 10:29 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 157

Congrats!! I'm almost five months into a new job and still going well. Wishing us good managers, teammates and work environments!

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Adult Diagnosis (USA)

 Post subject: Re: Adult Diagnosis (USA)
Posted: 23 Nov 2022, 10:27 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 567

My assessment for Autism also returned GAD (much to my surprise at the time). I now realize I am probably ADHD also, but I didn't know to "present" it. At evaluation, I asked if I could unmask, but it was such a new concept to me and I didn't know how to. So I defaulted to my "well-be...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Inclusiveness in STEM fields making you feel MORE alone?

Posted: 23 Nov 2022, 10:17 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 391

With the perception that STEM is more inclusive, finding out that it isn't is... disappointing. I think the faux inclusivity is more in mainstream STEM whereas edge professions or academia, etc. might be truly more inclusive ... to a degree. The "fraternity" is not readily available to wom...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Autistic Women and hospitalization for mental illness

Posted: 23 Nov 2022, 9:58 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 550

My grandmother was hospitalized (misdiagnosed), I was hospitalized (misdiagnosed). My mom avoided it by staying in her room with the lights off for many years. So much invalidation for ASD folks and so much invalidation for women, put the two together... kaboom.

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Period

 Post subject: Re: Period
Posted: 23 Nov 2022, 9:53 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 435

The perimenopause variation in cycle length and heaviness and length of flow is real and really tough. Expect the unexpected? I've been told that if I am filling a Super+ tampon/pad within one hour then that's a concern, otherwise it's all fair game. I very much dislike the variability and unexpecte...

 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: 315

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: 669

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: 372

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: 16
Views: 801

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: 16
Views: 801

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: 846

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: 1,057

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...
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