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 Forum: Social Skills and Making Friends   Topic: Messaging

Posted: 21 Jun 2010, 10:30 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 1,020


I don't know exactly what her job description is. Maybe those questions are outside of her particular job duties, and perhaps she thinks you could contact the campus jobs office about jobs and look up the driving classes on your own? But I agree completely that she should at least say so if that's t...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Walking away from a stressful situation and autism

Posted: 21 Jun 2010, 10:19 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 3,418


something charging with your you nowing? I have no idea what that means. I'm guessing it was meant to say: Something changing without you knowing. Walking out abruptly is seen as a serious breach of the social norms. Even if we do it to avoid melting down and yelling, or worse, it's still seen as t...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Letter to John Elder Robison

Posted: 21 Jun 2010, 10:07 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 2,238


Wow, I just wanted to thank John Robison for coming here to the forum and posting a reply. I'm a little bit in awe. :)

Thanks for having done so much to help the world understand AS, and for your wonderful book.

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Difficulty reading these forums

Posted: 21 Jun 2010, 10:04 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 1,581


I used to belong to a forum that was for fans of a band, and the people on that particular forum were obsessive with "making friends." People would send me PMs all the time with heart emoticons and gushing. Not romantic ones, since most of the members were teenage girls, and I'm a woman in my 40s, m...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: What song are you listening to now?

Posted: 21 Jun 2010, 12:36 am 

Replies: 31,604
Views: 1,670,054


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAqRHaQxStU

No embedded video due to adult language (f-word).

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Letter to John Elder Robison

Posted: 20 Jun 2010, 10:11 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 2,238


That's why I feel Mr Robinson's book is a double-edged sword - while it certainly does help raise awareness that Asperger Syndrome exists and perhaps give a touch of insight into what its like, I worry that celebrating his success story too much will give people the impression that everyone with AS...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Meltdown after not getting your way

Posted: 19 Jun 2010, 6:36 am 

Replies: 14
Views: 1,917


I have meltdowns if someone is being spiteful or doing something I think is unjust and hurtful (uh, especially to me... :) ) Or if I'm feeling stressed and overwhelmed and I have nowhere to retreat to. But not from not getting my way, that I can ever recall.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: are you sensitive to the temperature

Posted: 18 Jun 2010, 4:32 pm 

Replies: 47
Views: 7,621


I guess I´m different from the rest of you; I am ultra sensitive to the cold. Many people have commented on this, so it must be abnormal. And unfortunately, I live in a northern climate :( . I think I need to move south. As for sleeping, I like it toasty warm. I can´t sleep when I´m cold, my muscle...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Motivational crap, er, stories

Posted: 17 Jun 2010, 10:06 pm 

Replies: 11
Views: 1,639


Those stories are not uplifting because they are exploitative. They put some hapless person on display as if he/she were a circus animal, and people who watch get to feel noble for "caring" when what they actually feel is pity, and relief that it's not them who has a disability or other challenge.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: who here is on risperdal

Posted: 17 Jun 2010, 10:01 am 

Replies: 21
Views: 2,635


I tend to have unusual reactions to meds. Risperdal made me really happy and active. It was fantastic against my depression and anxiety. The downside was that it stopped working after about 6 weeks. I was recently on Abilify and the exact same thing happened. I think the point is that it's impossibl...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: CBT is oppressive for ASD people?

Posted: 16 Jun 2010, 2:44 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 3,116


I've had bad experiences with CBT, which is in fact about changing how you think. (I even read the book by Beck, who originated it, and I found it insulting.) I don't think that there's anything wrong with my thinking. I just have trouble dealing with some situations, so I want to better understand ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Not learning from your mistakes

Posted: 16 Jun 2010, 9:34 am 

Replies: 18
Views: 2,776


I can sometimes recognize that I made some blunder but I have no idea how to react better to a similar situation, because the only way I know it's a blunder is because people got really upset with me, but not why. So the only thing I can do about it is avoidance. The next time someone does something...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Aspergers / Bipolar mix anyone taking Lamotrigine!! !

Posted: 15 Jun 2010, 9:30 am 

Replies: 61
Views: 18,046


I think my reactions to meds are very unusual. I have never been bipolar, only depressed and anxious. When I was on risperidone many years ago, it made me very happy and mentally active (I made an art exhibit and displayed it in my home, which was reviewed in the newspaper) but the effect only laste...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do ppl think you're intelligent?

Posted: 15 Jun 2010, 3:15 am 

Replies: 138
Views: 12,080


I have strong opinions and I tend to be fairly vocal and articulate in expressing them (even when sometimes I shouldn't), so people see me as smart, but that hasn't really been a good thing for me. People feel intimidated and resentful, or think that I find them not as smart as me, even though I do...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do ppl think you're intelligent?

Posted: 15 Jun 2010, 2:08 am 

Replies: 138
Views: 12,080


I have strong opinions and I tend to be fairly vocal and articulate in expressing them (even when sometimes I shouldn't), so people see me as smart, but that hasn't really been a good thing for me. People feel intimidated and resentful, or think that I find them not as smart as me, even though I don...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Is this just a ME thing, or..... ??

Posted: 15 Jun 2010, 2:02 am 

Replies: 6
Views: 753


I don't clutch things, but whenever I'm someplace where I feel uncomfortable. like in a therapist's office, I tend to stare at random objects looking for some kind of comfort from them. I turn them around in my mind, sometimes trying to "correct" them. (For instance I had a therapist who had an offi...
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