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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Manage work, kids, relationship

Posted: 24 May 2022, 6:23 pm 

Replies: 8
Views: 477

I structure my time with the kids or set my expectations as "unstructured" time and give myself over to it. I keep my outside stress down or do some serious self-care. A couple years ago with work stress and sensory overwhelm I couldn't even play a boardgame with my children and they could...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Who hates filling out forms?

Posted: 22 May 2022, 8:40 am 

Replies: 13
Views: 492

I have a love/hate relationship with forms. If they are clear and I readily have the information, that is good. If either of those conditions is invalid, then it's really tough. If I have related or other concerns "hanging over" me, the ante goes up. I panic when an admin comes back and as...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Are you "too friendly"?

 Post subject: Re: Are you "too friendly"?
Posted: 21 May 2022, 9:51 am 

Replies: 32
Views: 1,292

I lacked the typical amount of "stranger danger" as a child. Even now I am "overly" open. There is a "too nice" characteristic associated with physical aspects called "Angelman's Syndrome" which overlaps with ASD. I relate strongly to it, but without the stron...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: 'Diagnosis is rebirth'

 Post subject: Re: 'Diagnosis is rebirth'
Posted: 21 May 2022, 9:41 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 796

Thank you for sharing this.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Lucid Dreaming

 Post subject: Re: Lucid Dreaming
Posted: 20 May 2022, 7:44 pm 

Replies: 26
Views: 973

Decades ago a therapist taught me to lucid dream (the control aspect), so I could deal with nighttime acute anxiety. It worked. Recently I have been subconsciously processing deep emotions in my sleep and it goes well. It provides me a lot of relief. I have suggested to both my children that they ca...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Inability to have conversations

Posted: 20 May 2022, 7:37 pm 

Replies: 28
Views: 1,041

What are your thoughts as to why? An increased level of background stress, chemical or physical changes?

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Aspergers or ASD with Auditory Processing Disorder

Posted: 20 May 2022, 7:35 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 451

Yep, that's me. Not understanding a name (esp. with background noise or o/w stressed). Sometimes I will say "what" as I am hearing what was said. Wait for it, wait for it...

 Forum: Parents' Discussion   Topic: Struggles with 18-year old ASD son

Posted: 18 May 2022, 6:10 pm 

Replies: 53
Views: 8,576

It would definitely be useful for him to be engaged again... in something. AANE has online groups for young adults. My mom is "stuck" right now facing a big move. My good-executive-functioning dad and sibling are besides themselves with frustration. (All my life my dad has complained "...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Friendships with the opposite sex

Posted: 17 May 2022, 10:58 pm 

Replies: 115
Views: 3,046

kitesandtrainsandcats wrote:
"I was going to be an individualist until I realized everybody's doing it these days."

My mom had a bumper sticker: I'm Unique, Just Like Everyone Else.

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Female Autism Phenotype

 Post subject: Re: Female Autism Phenotype
Posted: 17 May 2022, 7:53 am 

Replies: 24
Views: 1,739

Same as any typing: True for some, not all. It should be applied where it fits and not overapplied. I am glad there is attention to alternate presentations that many women, some men and some gender-fluid or non-binary folks experience. My ASD mom, myself, BFF and daughter are all the "well-beha...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Friendships with the opposite sex

Posted: 17 May 2022, 7:41 am 

Replies: 115
Views: 3,046

When I was very young I enjoyed my same-gendered (female) friend; she was probably ND. In the middle of life (teens-mid 30s), I had opposite-gendered (male) friends. In my 40s I made same-gendered (female) friends again. (Like hurtloam, my male friends got married and most of their wives don't like ...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Female characters with Asperger's Syndrome?

Posted: 16 May 2022, 9:02 pm 

Replies: 137
Views: 85,552

^^ That sounds interesting.

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: "But a woman's number of options doesn't matter!"

Posted: 15 May 2022, 12:25 pm 

Replies: 134
Views: 4,838

I would soooooo like to dress up and "show off". I do so on occasion when I am with my husband and am "safe" that way. I also got drunk once with him, to see what it's like. But o/w I won't b/c bad things too often happen to inebriated women. Must be in control. Must not relax. M...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What do you most regret?

Posted: 15 May 2022, 12:04 pm 

Replies: 53
Views: 1,707

^^ Love that AprilR. Keep it up!! ! I hope I can say the same one day. Getting there. :heart:

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: I was wrong, I meet diagnostic criteria A for ASD

Posted: 14 May 2022, 10:58 pm 

Replies: 2
Views: 418

Teasing: with other ASD folks (exchange information as desired in time and subject), or other NT folks (say anything in 2 second intervals then match the intervals and subject matter to theirs)?

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: My mild depression

 Post subject: Re: My mild depression
Posted: 14 May 2022, 10:57 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 946

I was depressed from age 8 until near 40. In my mid 30s I started wondering that I wasn't really depressive, that it was circumstantial. In my late 40s it was confirmed that untreated anxiety was the primary factor all along. Good luck in your self-exploration.
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