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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Getting accused of faking it.

Posted: 23 Mar 2015, 8:06 am 

Replies: 62
Views: 15,789

No one has actually said this to me, but I fear someone will. What you described about pretending to be normal for so long and finally dropping the act is exactly what I'm going through. It took a long time to finally accept I'm autistic (was finally diagnosed last summer), and now I'm finally embra...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do you ever want to be normal? How to?

Posted: 21 Mar 2015, 12:19 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 750

I've gotten the "you're so smart you can do anything" line many many times. It's actually really frustrating because people just assume I'm "normal" and they can't comprehend that I find "simple" things difficult to do. I do not wish to be normal. I wish for people to u...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How did Sonic and Minecraft become autism stereotypes?

Posted: 20 Mar 2015, 7:19 pm 

Replies: 28
Views: 2,181

Being a fan of MLP certainly isn't "macho", but I don't see what's wrong with liking things that aren't macho. I think people who try to be as macho as possible, and dismiss things like MLP in the process, are usually quite insecure about themselves. IMO, self-confidence is a much better ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How did Sonic and Minecraft become autism stereotypes?

Posted: 20 Mar 2015, 7:35 am 

Replies: 28
Views: 2,181

I've been away from this forum for a while.... I find it ironic that I see this post when I come back because I really got into playing Minecraft a few days ago! I'm also a MLP fan. I wasn't really into Sonic when I was a kid.... so I got 2 out of 3! :p As for the "type" of man who likes M...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Are you Asexual?

 Post subject: Re: Are you Asexual?
Posted: 06 Feb 2015, 6:21 pm 

Replies: 102
Views: 3,489

Yes, I am. I don't want sex at all, but I'm not opposed to being in a relationship. I could see myself getting married if I found someone I could really get along with (as long as sex wasn't a part of the relationship).

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: post links about your special interests and obsessions

Posted: 05 Feb 2015, 9:34 pm 

Replies: 47
Views: 5,665

Here are a few of my videos about my interests!

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Looking back to your childhood...

Posted: 03 Feb 2015, 12:46 pm 

Replies: 35
Views: 1,712

I wasn't diagnosed until I was 29, so no one knew I was autistic when I was a kid. A few of my elementary school teachers knew there was something "different" about me. One of them suggested to my mom that I may have ADD (this was in the early '90s), but my mom didn't believe her. She just...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do you have a need for certainty

Posted: 02 Feb 2015, 12:19 pm 

Replies: 24
Views: 1,070

I really dislike uncertainty. When I first found out that I was probably on the spectrum, the uncertainty of not knowing for sure whether I was autistic or not was horrible. I completely obsessed over it trying to find some kind of certainty. My diagnosis isn't "on paper", meaning it's not...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Funny 'literal' moments

 Post subject: Re: Funny 'literal' moments
Posted: 02 Feb 2015, 8:16 am 

Replies: 57
Views: 3,622

When I was about 10, my dad and I were on a trip to visit family. He was looking through tapes to find some music to listen to. He asked me "Do you like Eagles?", and I replied "YES! Eagles are my favorite kind of bird!"

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: how to NOT compulsively pretend to be normal?

Posted: 30 Jan 2015, 8:37 am 

Replies: 17
Views: 1,227

I LOVE this thread! I was diagnosed last July, and I'm working on figuring out how to turn off the "act" and really be myself. It's weird to think that it's actually hard to be yourself, or even to not be sure what the "real you" looks like. I'm really lucky to have a few good, c...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Why did my autistic traits show up later in life?

Posted: 29 Jan 2015, 9:01 pm 

Replies: 20
Views: 1,358

My mom has said I was always a bit different, but she really noticed a change when I was in middle school (about 12 or 13 years old). I think it was because of the added stress of a more complex social atmosphere at school. A couple of my elementary school teachers noticed there was something odd ab...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Forgetting how to talk when very emotional?

Posted: 25 Jan 2015, 4:40 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 850

This happens to me too. When I get quite upset or angry, I find it very hard to speak coherently. I tend to stutter and not be able to figure out what words I want to use.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Sounds Repeating (play back) in head

Posted: 23 Jan 2015, 8:24 pm 

Replies: 36
Views: 4,734

All the time!

I'll have sounds that I like repeat over and over in my head. Anything from my friend's voice saying a certain word, to my camera's shutter.

The only way I can describe it is a photographic memory, but for sounds...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: 100 ways to annoy a NT

 Post subject: Re: 100 ways to annoy a NT
Posted: 22 Jan 2015, 12:45 pm 

Replies: 78
Views: 8,734

Have a habit of leave a friend's house without saying you're leaving.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How do you identify?

 Post subject: Re: How do you identify?
Posted: 22 Jan 2015, 12:42 pm 

Replies: 50
Views: 2,340

Before my Dx (and before the new DSM came out) I would say I think I may have Asperger's, or I think I'm an aspie. Since my official Dx is Autism Spectrum Disorder, I now just say I'm autistic, or I'm on the autism spectrum. I don't use Aspergers or aspie to describe myself.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Is it even possible for someone to fake autism?

Posted: 22 Jan 2015, 12:16 pm 

Replies: 52
Views: 4,046

For quite a while, I was really worried that I was subconsciously faking (or at least exaggerating) my autistic traits. This lessened, though, because several times when I told people who have known me for years (including a couple of people who work with people on the spectrum) that I think I may b...
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