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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: In one of the two ways COVID will be over

Posted: 08 Apr 2020, 7:19 am 

Replies: 31
Views: 1,258

I live in a state, that the models predict a very high death rate per 100k people, exceeding New York. The numbers are terrifying and difficult to understand why New Jersey is so vulnerable. I have taken precautions, put an emergency letter by my front door, arranged my documents and trying to keep ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Shopping got more difficult

 Post subject: Shopping got more difficult
Posted: 21 Mar 2020, 8:56 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 200

For many of us here, grocery shopping has all ways been stressful. With the current health crisis, grocery shopping has gone nuts with long lines, empty shelves, stressed-out people and health safety concerns. I am trying to change my shopping habits. Cut back on food a bit and only going out when I...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Improvement of Autism with age

Posted: 20 Feb 2020, 5:15 am 

Replies: 50
Views: 1,600

Take your successes and be happy with them. Cherish them and remember them when the dark clouds mount.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Is it Aspergers or anxiety and depression why I struggle?

Posted: 18 Feb 2020, 2:56 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 1,081

Life can be difficult, especially when we are faced with an extra burden to carry. Anxiety and depression have been with me for as long as I can remember. I had a GP who would blame my physical pain on depression. That drove me nuts, pain and depression go hand in hand. Each feeding off the other. I...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Self Dxers Who Don't Want a Diagnosis; Why Not?

Posted: 17 Feb 2020, 9:51 am 

Replies: 102
Views: 2,785

The other reason is my fear of being told that I am a flaming as*hole and autism is just an excuse for my failures. My ASD coach kindly tells me I am very "genuine" (and, yes, I am aware that a*hole is the other perspective). I don't like being the "cause" of my failures regardl...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Potentially useful research about masking

Posted: 16 Feb 2020, 8:00 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 641

Thanks for the link, I saw myself in the compensation techniques.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Self Dxers Who Don't Want a Diagnosis; Why Not?

Posted: 16 Feb 2020, 7:59 am 

Replies: 102
Views: 2,785

I gave this some thought over the last 24 hours and came to a few conclusions. There is the obvious cost-benefit type of reasons, given my age, social and financial situation. But that is not the real answer. First, I am deathly afraid of exposing myself to another person, especially, mental health ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Why is being a geek or nerd unattractive?

Posted: 20 Nov 2019, 4:51 pm 

Replies: 18
Views: 365

I probably fit into all the categories and stereotypes describe above. The reason I never found love is not because of society's biases. The problem is entirely mine. Programmers/Engineers/Bookworms/Eggheads ... are not unattractive by nature. We may not get the trophy mate, but I tell you, trophies...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How do I know If I'm stupid?

Posted: 14 Nov 2019, 11:34 am 

Replies: 33
Views: 652

Acknowledging that you are ignorant and even stupid is a great way to face the world. The older I get, the dumber I feel.

To quote a great age: "Stupid is as Stupid does"
Forrest Gump

If you think you are stupid and do nothing to improve yourself, than you have a problem.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Implicit Bias

 Post subject: Re: Implicit Bias
Posted: 09 Nov 2019, 12:32 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 282

naturalplastic wrote:
Emotion is pretty much the ONLY factor in human behavior. :lol:

So if you don't understand that, you don't understand ANY thing.

Do you?

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Implicit Bias

 Post subject: Re: Implicit Bias
Posted: 09 Nov 2019, 7:41 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 282

I find reading to be very helpful in countering my bias. Spending time in someone else's brain help me see thing differently. The real problem I have is understanding the large sway that emotions have on people's behavior.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Psychedelics and Asperger's.

Posted: 09 Nov 2019, 7:36 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 271

When I was younger, I used weed as a social crutch. It did me no long term good.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Dealing with judgmental strangers

Posted: 09 Nov 2019, 7:33 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 423

I am sorry to hear of your bad experience. Dealing with unpleasant people is always difficult. My general technique is to wear a fake smile appropriate to the situation. But, it does hurt and there is little we can do about it.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Trouble with Eating

 Post subject: Re: Trouble with Eating
Posted: 19 Oct 2019, 6:52 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 271

I have the same problem from time to time. I get bored by food and when I am depressed cooking and eating turns my stomach. My weight drops and I get nervous. I fall back into my schedule, or eating rules, and just do it. Eventually, my distaste for food passes and I start eating again. Good luck, d...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What aspects of social interaction are especially tiring?

Posted: 19 Oct 2019, 6:44 am 

Replies: 89
Views: 2,520

There are always a few people who want to trip me up. They are more interested in proving their superiority than having a pleasant conversation. I run into this more frequently than I can stand. It is exhausting, upsetting and bewildering. Toxic people exist and make life unpleasant. Having to deal ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Reading as an interest

 Post subject: Re: Reading as an interest
Posted: 15 Oct 2019, 3:33 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 313

I love to read, especially novels. My interests are fairly broad and I have about a dozen different reading lists. For me, reading gives me insight into the minds and lives of others. The magic of an author getting into the heads of others astounds me to no end. My favorite novel is Don Quixote and ...
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