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 Forum: Bipolar, Tourettes, Schizophrenia, and other Psychological Conditions   Topic: How can you distinguish autistic obsessions from OCD?

Posted: 11 Nov 2023, 7:38 am 

Replies: 22
Views: 7,035


I know two young women diagnosed with OCD. Both say their OCD fluctuates depending on what they're doing. If they're distracted enough they don't OCD very much. But if they're not busy the symptoms are stronger and more frequently. Talking about their symptoms tends to trigger them.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Dissociation Without Trauma?

Posted: 10 Nov 2023, 7:36 am 

Replies: 27
Views: 5,511


The difference is as different as someone having insomnia from someone hating sleep because sleep is troublesome than hyped. Why do you hate sleep? Chronic nightmares? I hate bed time because my rhinitis was at it's worst at nighttime. I grew up without knowing that humidity can affect it and I liv...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Would you consider this an autistic obsession or OCD?

Posted: 08 Nov 2023, 10:36 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 18,182


This sounds like a special interest that feeds into anxiety. It is interesting autistic special interests are usually positive. They're obsessed with trains, not train accidents. Theme parks, not people being hurt on theme park rides. Maybe autistics with negative special interests usually end up ra...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Dissociation Without Trauma?

Posted: 08 Nov 2023, 10:13 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 5,511


Do you know anyone, particularly on the spectrum who has never been traumatized? I don't. Trauma doesn't need to be severe enough to reach the level of pathology to cause dissociation. Dissociation due to trauma would presumably be linked to the trauma, not something completely different. If you ha...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Dissociation Without Trauma?

Posted: 08 Nov 2023, 10:08 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 5,511


The difference is as different as someone having insomnia from someone hating sleep because sleep is troublesome than hyped. Why do you hate sleep? Chronic nightmares? I hate bed time because my rhinitis was at it's worst at nighttime. I grew up without knowing that humidity can affect it and I liv...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Dissociation Without Trauma?

Posted: 08 Nov 2023, 11:37 am 

Replies: 27
Views: 5,511


Yes, but aren't all autistics stressed 24/7, even subclinically? Autism is, after all, a disorder of the nervous system. I'm stressed just wearing clothes, looking at a sunlit sky, or hearing voices on the radio. That's before you consider all the social stressors of autism. That's before you consi...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Dissociation Without Trauma?

Posted: 08 Nov 2023, 11:21 am 

Replies: 27
Views: 5,511


Edna3362 wrote:
The difference is as different as someone having insomnia from someone hating sleep because sleep is troublesome than hyped.


Why do you hate sleep? Chronic nightmares?

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: People lying about having autism

Posted: 08 Nov 2023, 7:37 am 

Replies: 58
Views: 95,643


You should not confuse "normal" with "common". It's a lot more common to be autistic than have an IQ of 130 or higher. Does that make being autistic more normal than being highly intelligent? I think normal is whatever the majority represents. Human intelligence is not normal. A...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Dissociation Without Trauma?

Posted: 07 Nov 2023, 6:20 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 5,511


I space out a lot I call it autopilot. Where I say and do things on instinct rather without the usual high level thinking that goes on in my head I think spacing out, autopilot, and dissociation are three similar behaviors with different triggers. "Spacing out" is a term I would use to de...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autism and furries

 Post subject: Re: Autism and furries
Posted: 06 Nov 2023, 8:44 pm 

Replies: 13
Views: 12,759


funeralxempire wrote:
I've never really gotten the appeal of furry art and similar.


I'm not real keen on the human species, but the idea of being or liking a humanoid animal is just too weird for me.

I agree with this meme:
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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Dissociation Without Trauma?

Posted: 06 Nov 2023, 8:39 pm 

Replies: 27
Views: 5,511


Does anyone here dissociate under specific triggers, without having any known trauma associated with the trigger? If so, what? Is dissociation a common problem for autistics - almost like another form of a meltdown? By dissociate I mean the "physically here, mentally elsewhere" response to...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Are all people with autism picky about food

Posted: 06 Nov 2023, 8:37 am 

Replies: 70
Views: 101,446


I'm a very picky eater and always have been. Much of it texture-based. I also don't like foods mixing on my plate and eat one thing at a time, usually in a specific sequence every time.

This despite me being seemingly less autistic than most of the people here.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: People lying about having autism

Posted: 03 Nov 2023, 9:00 pm 

Replies: 58
Views: 95,643


Before autism can ever be normalized, maybe it DOES need to be trendy, even if that means some people will lie about having it. It's still a stigmatized, misunderstood, myth-laden condition. But for some, it's not serious (depends how you define serious). In my case, it's had no impact on my abilit...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: People lying about having autism

Posted: 02 Nov 2023, 1:08 pm 

Replies: 58
Views: 95,643


I haven't encountered any fakers, but all the reasons mentioned in the thread are reasonable ones for a faker: trolling, facetious syndrome, or the occasional fad-following attention-seeker. Hypochondriacs are another possibility: if you're convinced everything is wrong with you physically why not m...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: My sister is dating and I'm having trouble coping with it..

Posted: 01 Nov 2023, 10:13 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 37,866


Personally I hate having to be grown up and tolerant about things that feel unfair on me. If something seems unfair to you, but not to anyone else stop and ask yourself why you feel it is unfair. A sibling or friend dating or marrying is unfair to you how? I'm worried my sibling's naivety and lack ...

 Forum: Television, Film, and Video   Topic: Don't Watch TV?

 Post subject: Re: Don't Watch TV?
Posted: 31 Oct 2023, 10:37 am 

Replies: 11
Views: 8,281


naturalplastic wrote:
And cable news is like the wallpaper in the background the rest of the day.


That sounds unwise for your mental health.
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