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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Sensitivity to bright light

Posted: 16 Oct 2021, 4:55 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 262


I had been on Trazodone, and I think it might have aggravated my light sensitivity a bit but I can't remember if was the one that did it. It was like two years ago. I'm not on anything right now. Perhaps what makes my light sensitivity so bad how closely linked poor health and my migraines are. I wo...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Sensitivity to bright light

Posted: 15 Oct 2021, 7:55 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 262


My light sensitivity gets worse as my physical or mental health does. It can range from a slight, subconscious sense of discomfort and stress to full blown vampire mode where a well lit room is painful and the sense of relief and relaxation from being in a dark room feels like walking into a well ai...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Would you ever wear a t shirt with the word 'autism' on it?

Posted: 15 Oct 2021, 7:35 pm 

Replies: 52
Views: 1,044


If we aren't comfortable identifying, people will never understand. Probably most people don't need to personally get to know an autistic person to learn not to treat autistic people like s**t, much less require a tag attached that makes it easier to pick them out in public while they're minding th...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Would you ever wear a t shirt with the word 'autism' on it?

Posted: 15 Oct 2021, 12:24 pm 

Replies: 52
Views: 1,044


While I'm not so pessimistic to think that most people would knowingly treat autists badly, I am realistic enough to realize that too many people would. HOWEVER If the context was something like an autism awareness event, I would. Going around in public just randomly wearing an "Autism" sh...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Diagnosed about two hours ago

Posted: 13 Oct 2021, 5:37 pm 

Replies: 25
Views: 841


It took around 10 years of seeing mental health professionals before someone figured it out, and I had a crystal clear case of selective mutism in elementary school not to mention special interests. I mean, what 7 year old teaches themselves to program computers in DOS prompt and reads adult novels ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: The "Emulation" analogy

 Post subject: Re: The "Emulation" analogy
Posted: 13 Oct 2021, 4:03 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 174


I don't like the analogy too much. It doesn't seem to suit my case. My analogy would include overabundant information being input into the computer, the gratuitous processing capacity consumed to run more programs than the average computer (some of which are forced to run and don't really do anythin...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Rotating special interests

Posted: 13 Oct 2021, 10:06 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 520


Perhaps people are mistaking some of the deeper/more enduring interests that have built into notably unusual interests as ONLY a single or few special interests. The question I was asked during my assessment was if I have a (singular) special interest (not as in the moniker for autistic interests, b...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: T-Rex Arms?

 Post subject: Re: T-Rex Arms?
Posted: 12 Oct 2021, 1:55 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 341


Yes! I've been doing it for so long that I never really questioned it till just now, even after I noticed that's a bit unusual, not many years ago. I don't do it all the time. It depends on the circumstance. Two common situations I can think of atm seem to be when I'm anticipating the possibility of...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Finding it difficult to make friends at uni, any ideas?

Posted: 11 Oct 2021, 3:44 pm 

Replies: 44
Views: 886


My number one tip for socializing is to remember that people love talking about themselves and their pride and difficulties. How this translates to making friends at uni is how easy it is to approach someone working on something and ask them about it and the class they're working on it for (obviousl...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Is it so much to wish for another mother?

Posted: 11 Oct 2021, 2:10 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 344


The answer is both no, because you can wish for whatever you want, it won't change anything, but also yes, it is too much to switch to a different mother who birthed you decades ago, much less have the choice before you are birthed. BUT, you totally can cut them out of your social environment and le...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Not all autistic people have a large head?

Posted: 11 Oct 2021, 1:52 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 439


Personally I'm more inclined to believe that the vast majority of studies are heavily lacking in data considering things like the difficulty of identifying milder cases of autism, getting enough samples from the same age brackets, non-autistic genetic influences, lack of genetic data to figure out w...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Trouble sometimes at grocery store

Posted: 10 Oct 2021, 8:54 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 295


seems if I'm not feeling up to snuff then it can happen easier because I'm already worn down. For me that's the case. Poor physical or mental health tends to both aggravate my sensory issues and decrease my tolerance. Perhaps wearing headphones/ear buds and listening to some music could help to low...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Having a limited wardrobe

Posted: 10 Oct 2021, 8:55 am 

Replies: 17
Views: 519


I never got to the point of having a specific list of apparel, but yeah, I know the struggle and deal with it my own way too. My struggle is a little weird, though. I'm great at picking out things for others and used to get asked for my opinion all the time (holding true to the queer male stereotype...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do you have trouble with prioritization?

Posted: 10 Oct 2021, 8:31 am 

Replies: 15
Views: 386


Why not just ask someone for help? I try to do that and it helps. I personally have a lot of trouble asking for help and I've learned of several different reasons other people also have trouble asking for help. It's tough to work around, especially if that person has people in their life who treat ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What happens to you if you can’t vent?

Posted: 10 Oct 2021, 12:20 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 600


[quote="EEngineer75"][quote="CinderashAutomaton"] I'm not sure I quite understand what you mean. Could you give a hypothetical, real, or fictional example from a movie or TV episode?[quote="CinderashAutomaton"] Hmm, like just say when you're feeling very agitated by som...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How have NTs survived with their smiles covered behind masks

Posted: 09 Oct 2021, 10:31 pm 

Replies: 38
Views: 877


I'm on the opposite side of the spectrum as face-blindness; Sometimes I can't stand looking at people's faces because there's just too much information there, for me. Facemasks do hide some information but not enough to hide smiles usually unless it's just a very slight smile. The biggest tell is th...
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