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

Posted: 01 Feb 2024, 10:35 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 1,479


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: 1,479


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: 10
Views: 1,256


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: 10
Views: 1,256


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: 1,131


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: 5
Views: 939


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: 5,498


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: 1,338


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: 841


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: 2,442


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: 841


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...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How long did it take for you to get your assessment report?

Posted: 13 Jan 2024, 11:45 am 

Replies: 38
Views: 31,479


1-2 months for most evaluations and 6 months for a really bad one (based on my assessment and those of my children).

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autism in non-English-speaking countries

Posted: 13 Jan 2024, 11:44 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 2,387


I have a Tibetan neighbor. In her community in Tibet, Autism was more socially accepted than here in the U.S., however other ways of being were more stigmatized. I have a friend from another Asian country and it just seemed bad all around. I find studies about cultural differences this includes subc...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: How do you relate to other women if you are able?

Posted: 13 Jan 2024, 11:27 am 

Replies: 10
Views: 6,870


I relate to women who can have deep sometimes intense conversations. Maybe as we mature NT women are able to have more intense conversations and ND women are able to have less intense conversations. :lol: I didn't relate to girls and women until I met more female professionals (mostly ND) and had ki...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Anxious about posting- this is my first time reaching out

Posted: 13 Jan 2024, 11:11 am 

Replies: 19
Views: 2,028


During our dark days, my allistic (not Autistic) husband used to say "who thinks that way?" or "nobody would do that!" in his frustration when we didn't understand each other. I could have said the same to him, but unfortunately I knew most people think the way he does. So now 20...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Sensory Overload

 Post subject: Re: Sensory Overload
Posted: 13 Jan 2024, 10:59 am 

Replies: 1
Views: 12,036


Prior to my diagnosis, I have jumped a foot off the table, I have cried uncontrollably, I have shutdown and gone mute. Now with my diagnosis, for physical aspects, I strive to have my expectations set (will it be a pinch, numbness, pressure). For emotional, I strive to set their expectations (time t...
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