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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Geodon (Ziprasidone) for Aspergers headbanging?

Posted: 05 Nov 2016, 10:44 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 4,357

OP: If you're having side effects only when it's starting to wear off, ask your doctor if there's an extended release version that he can prescribe. As for me, I've been on antipsychotics, and they made things worse--I would either be in a zombie-like haze, or I'd be hurting myself in order to be ab...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: My retarded younger brother .

Posted: 10 Mar 2016, 11:44 pm 

Replies: 29
Views: 1,994

We have a lot in common with other developmentally disabled people. I don't like the idea that "pure autistics aren't actually intellectually disabled at all"--many of us are; some aren't, some are even gifted. Whatever one's level of intellectual ability, it's common on the spectrum to ha...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How do you know you have issues picking up social cues?

Posted: 21 Feb 2016, 10:59 pm 

Replies: 33
Views: 7,502

Sometimes people tell you you're being dense or things are flying over your head. A kind NT may be willing to "interpret".

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do you feel like a burden?

Posted: 21 Feb 2016, 10:59 pm 

Replies: 31
Views: 2,152

I often do. I know it's not a rational feeling, but I've been told my whole life that I'm not nearly as important or worthwhile as anyone else, and that kind of thing tends to sink in with repetition. Logically, an autistic person is not a "burden". Prejudice against autistics is a burden....

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Penguins are not birds

 Post subject: Re: Penguins are not birds
Posted: 21 Feb 2016, 10:47 pm 

Replies: 83
Views: 8,557

We were just studying this in my thinking and problem solving class. The error your co-workers made is actually rather understandable: The penguin is a bird--but it's not a very typical bird. When we categorize things, we associate each category with "typical" traits. So with "bird&qu...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What was your first Special interest?

Posted: 14 Feb 2016, 2:21 pm 

Replies: 112
Views: 3,262

Appendectomies. As a toddler I played doctor with my dolls and they all had appendectomies. :)

I never actually wanted to have an appendectomy--I still have my appendix as an adult. I was more fascinated with surgery and medicine itself.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What exactly IS "hand flapping"?

Posted: 14 Feb 2016, 2:21 pm 

Replies: 20
Views: 1,082

My hand-flapping is kind of a full-body bounce, and I'm holding up my arms and my wrists and fingers are loose, so that my hands sort of bounce up and down. The first photo, of the little boy being photographed outdoors, is kind of how it ends up looking. It must be pretty individual, though. Hands ...

 Forum: LGBT Discussion   Topic: What did I do wrong this time?

Posted: 14 Feb 2016, 12:25 pm 

Replies: 4
Views: 433

Nothing sticks out to me. I don't think you made any mistakes--it was probably on the other person's end. He may not have felt like he wanted to meet anybody; he may have been busy, sick, ashamed... it could be anything. He could've had a huge social anxiety attack and backed out. It's his decision ...

 Forum: LGBT Discussion   Topic: Where are you on the Kinsey scale? (everyone!)

Posted: 14 Feb 2016, 12:17 pm 

Replies: 57
Views: 3,752

I'm a Kinsey X. Asexual.

 Forum: LGBT Discussion   Topic: Kayden Clarke memorial page

 Post subject: Kayden Clarke memorial page
Posted: 14 Feb 2016, 12:14 pm 

Replies: 0
Views: 337

Obviously content warning for murder, police, prejudice against trans people... I'd like someone who's actually transgender, or at least really close friends with a trans person, to check this article I wrote for my autism memorial page to make sure I'm doing it right. You'll have heard Kayden Clark...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Three Memorials

 Post subject: Re: Three Memorials
Posted: 29 Nov 2015, 11:00 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 438

I honestly haven't felt particularly rejected here. I just mostly got involved with the memorials, so I drifted toward scouring the news and various databases and away from posting on WP so much. I'm still active in autism rights, as always :)

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autistic or with autism?

Posted: 29 Nov 2015, 7:46 pm 

Replies: 55
Views: 2,065

Do you prefer autistic or person with autism? Autistic. Autism isn't something I carry around with me; it's an intrinsic part of my identity. It's a word that describes me. Do you mind if others say person with autism rather than autistic? (This is not when people insist on person with autism, but ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: can people with autism live independently?

Posted: 29 Nov 2015, 7:37 pm 

Replies: 24
Views: 1,772

Many autistics do live independently, earning their own keep. Many are married and have children. The "Parenting" forum here on WP has a lot of autistic parents, parenting autistic children. Or occasionally autistic parents with NT children, which is generally more confusing. Others live s...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Trump Mocks Disabled Reporter

Posted: 28 Nov 2015, 1:46 pm 

Replies: 128
Views: 5,209

Yes, it's not as bad as pre-WWII Germany, thankfully. And Americans as a people are more individualistic and less authoritarian than Germans were back then. So I don't think it would be another Holocaust, but I do think that here and there, people would die, and a lot of people would be treated unfa...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Trump Mocks Disabled Reporter

Posted: 27 Nov 2015, 10:20 pm 

Replies: 128
Views: 5,209

I just hope the Republicans get themselves a candidate who's a decent human being. As an independent voter, I like to judge candidates based on their skills as politicians, and I'd hate to have to use a criterion like "Anybody but Donald Trump". That said, if Hillary Clinton gets the Democ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Three Memorials

 Post subject: Three Memorials
Posted: 27 Nov 2015, 11:59 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 438

I'd like to raise awareness for the problem of disabled homicide victims; the problem being that there are far too many of them. Disabled people have a much increased homicide risk, and the type of disability doesn't seem to matter much--whether physical, mental, psychological, or sensory, visible o...
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