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SharonB
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02 Jan 2020, 5:22 am

I was recently diagnosed with ASD (and GAD). The Atypical supporting roles of mother (Elsa) and girlfriend (Paige) remind me of myself - I'm an overexpresser, oversensitive and overdoer. I just finished Season 3 Episode 5 and am especially triggered by Paige's college drop out, similar to my own - except I internalized, not externalized. Is this a subplot for the lack of ASD/BAP diagnosis in women? Or else why do they resonate with me?

Anybody else?



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02 Jan 2020, 9:29 am

I have also wondered about both of them being on the spectrum. I look forward to future season(s) to see if the writers take the show down that path. I think I would like it if they did.



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20 Jun 2022, 10:45 am

I realize I'm necro'ing an old thread, but Paige was fascinating (and a bit triggering) to me. She reminds me *exactly* of my high-masking, overcompensating mother. And a bit of my (AFAB, autistic) ex.


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20 Jun 2022, 11:00 am

Maybe I'll have to check it out again after I finish this CompTIA class I'm taking.
I started watching the show, but I didn't find it all that interesting and I stopped watching it mid-first season. I thought it was tropey and not particularly funny or relatable. Is it supposed to be a drama?


orbweaver wrote:
I realize I'm necro'ing an old thread, but Paige was fascinating (and a bit triggering) to me. She reminds me *exactly* of my high-masking, overcompensating mother. And a bit of my (AFAB, autistic) ex.



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20 Jun 2022, 11:07 am

H_Taterz wrote:
Maybe I'll have to check it out again after I finish this CompTIA class I'm taking.
I started watching the show, but I didn't find it all that interesting and I stopped watching it mid-first season. I thought it was tropey and not particularly funny or relatable. Is it supposed to be a drama?


orbweaver wrote:
I realize I'm necro'ing an old thread, but Paige was fascinating (and a bit triggering) to me. She reminds me *exactly* of my high-masking, overcompensating mother. And a bit of my (AFAB, autistic) ex.


Admittedly it is kind of tropey. It's another of the recent shows about autistic characters in which I didn't see myself (which is one of many factors contributing to my being in denial about my autism for 14 years). I don't even see my male autistic-diagnosed (some of whom were in special ed) friends in him given that he's portrayed as lacking some empathy.

I have to say though that when Sam gets to school as an art student, something interesting happens, and *that* experience, I definitely see myself in as someone who became an art/design student. (I was very much like Sam, except I was a cute girl, which led to a whole different set of experiences.)

When we see him in an art program, with other art students... suddenly, his autism making him really stand out?? That just... kind of fades away. He's an art student, and all the art students are kinda weird.


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