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 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: What's the best thing or job to do

Posted: 23 Nov 2022, 10:34 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 354


Contract jobs were my path to a career. My BFF did data-entry jobs for a while after her Masters. I was 27 when I "fell" into my career. My ASD BFF was 30-something when she "fell" into hers. Over 20 years later, we are both well-respected professionals. I am constantly amazed at...

 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: First officially day of new job.

Posted: 23 Nov 2022, 10:29 pm 

Replies: 3
Views: 144


Congrats!! I'm almost five months into a new job and still going well. Wishing us good managers, teammates and work environments!

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Adult Diagnosis (USA)

 Post subject: Re: Adult Diagnosis (USA)
Posted: 23 Nov 2022, 10:27 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 373


My assessment for Autism also returned GAD (much to my surprise at the time). I now realize I am probably ADHD also, but I didn't know to "present" it. At evaluation, I asked if I could unmask, but it was such a new concept to me and I didn't know how to. So I defaulted to my "well-be...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Inclusiveness in STEM fields making you feel MORE alone?

Posted: 23 Nov 2022, 10:17 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 375


With the perception that STEM is more inclusive, finding out that it isn't is... disappointing. I think the faux inclusivity is more in mainstream STEM whereas edge professions or academia, etc. might be truly more inclusive ... to a degree. The "fraternity" is not readily available to wom...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Autistic Women and hospitalization for mental illness

Posted: 23 Nov 2022, 9:58 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 504


My grandmother was hospitalized (misdiagnosed), I was hospitalized (misdiagnosed). My mom avoided it by staying in her room with the lights off for many years. So much invalidation for ASD folks and so much invalidation for women, put the two together... kaboom.

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Period

 Post subject: Re: Period
Posted: 23 Nov 2022, 9:53 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 383


The perimenopause variation in cycle length and heaviness and length of flow is real and really tough. Expect the unexpected? I've been told that if I am filling a Super+ tampon/pad within one hour then that's a concern, otherwise it's all fair game. I very much dislike the variability and unexpecte...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Did my assessor not go deeply enough into my diagnosis?

Posted: 08 Sep 2022, 8:24 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 310


You may not have missed much: I was subthreshold on the "gold standard" ADOS, as are 30% of adult women (according to one study). By the ADOS2, I do not have ASD, but the dr diagnosed me with ASD based on a multitude of other factors and I am in agreement. Like you I am very good at maskin...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Having Aspergers

 Post subject: Re: Having Aspergers
Posted: 08 Sep 2022, 8:09 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 662


I almost didn't make it out of my 20s, and the 30s were rough, but now I am very satisfied (and moreso with a diagnosis and ASD-specific counseling). My cousin also had a difficult time and didn't make it to her 30s --- she was probably ADHD/GAD. So you could generalize to ND, not just ASD. Understa...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Burnout

 Post subject: Re: Burnout
Posted: 07 Sep 2022, 9:24 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 363


I took an intensive anxiety workshop and learned that I was "white knuckling" most of life (in chronic burnout). Before my DX I did not know I was anxious... it was my way of life. Now, like what you are saying, I am learning to have grace for myself, articulate and pursue my needs, deesca...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Worries about motherhood with ASD

Posted: 07 Sep 2022, 9:14 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 771


Or find a partner who will take on the parenting and you be the rich one. :D

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Worries about motherhood with ASD

Posted: 02 Sep 2022, 8:02 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 771


I have two children and was willing to have three. Pros and Cons. My husband is allistic, so that helps: I make plans, he implements or handles crowds. I think it comes down to awareness. I took communications, psychology and parenting classes, I devoured parenting books regarding neurological diffe...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do any of you struggle with finding jobs?

Posted: 28 Aug 2022, 11:02 am 

Replies: 23
Views: 835


Kraftie, agreed. I volunteer in the back office of a community support organization. Earlier this month they were super busy, so I offered to help a person donating. Anyhow, I didn't handle a "demand" she made well, so she left in a huff and said she'd donate elsewhere. Oops. With the corr...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Exercises mostly for people with NT?

Posted: 28 Aug 2022, 10:49 am 

Replies: 31
Views: 1,044


Wordplay. You wrote that the Mesiner method says to "follow your impulses" --- I have ASD - so if one were to be literal :D : to follow my impulses would most often produce an Autistic character. :D (Yes, I am aware that one can follow impulses to reach a goal that might be to behave diffe...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Giving Birth

 Post subject: Re: Giving Birth
Posted: 26 Aug 2022, 8:40 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 1,293


I would honestly like to potentially have my own kids (without using surrogates or whatever), but I find pregnancy and child birth to be really scary. I have health issues that would put me and a baby at risk for complications. I'm also a bit short + don't know if my pelvis is wide enough for that ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do any of you struggle with finding jobs?

Posted: 24 Aug 2022, 7:27 pm 

Replies: 23
Views: 835


Yes, I struggle. I have difficulties knowing what I can do and recalling what I have done. I mostly have gotten jobs by volunteering and contracting so that people get to know me and what I can do (and can't do). I am salaried and have to find teams that are inclusive of "eccentric" person...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Giving Birth

 Post subject: Re: Giving Birth
Posted: 24 Aug 2022, 6:47 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 1,293


Mind blowing. Both times, at the final push, I was pretty sure I couldn't push anymore and accepted I might die. Then the babes came out and the "be happy" chemicals kicked in. I still remember the sensation (even sounds?) of the exits. I have relived it in dreams. (The hole is not so litt...
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