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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Is strict rule following really a thing with Asperger's?

Posted: 12 Sep 2023, 4:25 pm 

Replies: 79
Views: 2,098

If it is, I aparently never got the memo. A lot of old fashioned teachers who believed children should obey adults at all costs and never question them HATED the fact I would question rules. Rules that did not make sense to me and ones that were just there because Mrs. Jenkins is on a power trip. I ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: One thing I find odd about NTs...

Posted: 12 Sep 2023, 3:50 pm 

Replies: 26
Views: 1,314 when someone does or says something perfectly harmless that's even a tiny bit different to what NTs do or say, they laugh hysterically and find it so hilarious. They laugh for days, weeks...saying 'remember that time John said/did XYZ?' and go on and on about it. When the thing isn't even fun...

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: How did your childhood impact your love life?

Posted: 12 Sep 2023, 12:10 pm 

Replies: 25
Views: 762

My parents had such an outdated view of marriage, or maybe just worded it wrong? My dad wasn't abusive to my mom or anything...he was fiercely protective of her and didn't veiw her as an object. They stayed married until my dad died from cancer last year. But anyway, my mom worded it in a way that m...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Aspergers & Your Real Age

Posted: 12 Sep 2023, 11:36 am 

Replies: 52
Views: 3,693

I'm 36 but everyone thinks I'm 21. When I was 21 everyone thought I was 15. I always attributed it to not smoking during my teens but seeing how every doctor (and a few veterinarians) tell me they think I have elher's dannos syndrome, I wonder if that could be part of it. My friend smoked since the ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: wearing autism related symbols in public - your experience?

Posted: 12 Sep 2023, 11:31 am 

Replies: 25
Views: 1,075

I'm so far out in the boondocks no one would know what they represented. Everyone here still of autism as the puzzle piece. I was able to educate a few people about how the puzzle pieces were offensive but I don't think they were truly from around here.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: People staring at you in public places due to your Autism

Posted: 11 Sep 2023, 4:55 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 571

People stare at me, I stare back or wave at them. They quickly jerk away.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Who Cuts Your Hair?

 Post subject: Re: Who Cuts Your Hair?
Posted: 08 Sep 2023, 9:13 am 

Replies: 50
Views: 2,129

I cut my own. Just shave it down to the skin. I can't stand my hair being short. I think it reminds me of all the times as a child when I was forced to have it cut against my will because I couldn't "take care of it". Uh, I was five. I never knew NT five year olds who could take care of th...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Does anyone have an issue describing their dreams?

Posted: 08 Sep 2023, 9:03 am 

Replies: 22
Views: 578

I've had reoccurring dreams since childhood.

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Out of steam

 Post subject: Re: Out of steam
Posted: 07 Sep 2023, 5:57 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 7,731

Meerkat ,ugh, sorry it was so awful so early. I wanted "out" by age 8, but didn't discover the dysfunctional but effective "coping" mechanism you mention until 17. Then it was an especially rocky couple decades. In my support groups for adult ADS women, over 90% relate to this p...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: how did your autism show itself in childhood

Posted: 07 Sep 2023, 5:32 pm 

Replies: 26
Views: 2,275

My biological mother was what at the time in the late 1980's-early 1990's considered "mentally ret*d". But probably really no one really just gave the poor woman a chance. She was a lounge singer at a local bar. She met a man there and apparently he raped her. 9 months later I come along. ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: BPD or Autism?

 Post subject: Re: BPD or Autism?
Posted: 03 Sep 2023, 4:35 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 2,496

I was once told by this psychiatrist that since I'm nothing like their 15 year old son with Asperger's (I was 25 at the time) that I don't have autism and that while I may have been autistic as a child I no longer am. I have borderline personality disorder now. All because I told him I was offended ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do you think that if "Rain Man" had never been released...

Posted: 02 Sep 2023, 2:23 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 358

Another movie would have just been released about an autistic person. Good or bad. I've always heard that Rain Man brought a lot of awareness to the fact autism was a thing...but at the time people still assumed it only affected males and people were only severely affected to the point they had to l...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Out of steam

 Post subject: Re: Out of steam
Posted: 02 Sep 2023, 2:21 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 7,731

I was homeschooled since the 5th grade because of how bad the bullying (not only from other children) was getting and the school refusing to do anything about it except punish me for defending myself. I was already experimenting with self harm and regularly expressed how I wanted to die just so I wo...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Characters whose autistic traits you relate to

Posted: 02 Sep 2023, 2:14 pm 

Replies: 69
Views: 3,122

Ian Malcom from Jurassic Park Peter Quill from Guardians of the Galaxy Buster Baxter and D.W. Read from Arthur Ramona Quimby from the Beverly Clearly series Bell from the Disney animated version of Beauty & the Beast Elsa from Frozen Lilo from Lilo & Stich (Stich too) The entire Membrane fam...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: You need to widen your horizons

Posted: 02 Sep 2023, 2:07 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 223

Reciprocation is my BFF listens to me go on about myself, concerns or special interest for however long and then I listen to her go on about herself, concerns or special interest for however long. For all I know Meerkat appreciates a friend who's passionate about owls or reciprocates in other ways....

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: You need to widen your horizons

Posted: 02 Sep 2023, 9:11 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 223

There's a big difference between "I'm really interested in meerkats" and "I'm interested in animals, especially meerkats." Meeting someone interested in animals is quite likely. Lots of couples these days have pets instead of children. Your attitude comes across to me as "y...
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