Anybody undecided for awhile in considering joining WP?

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Lost_dragon
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18 Oct 2021, 2:35 pm

I found out about Wrong Planet whilst looking up fan discussions and theories about various different characters. This led me to someone's blog. Apparently they were a member of Wrong Planet and the blog linked me to a thread on Wrong Planet debating whether certain characters are autistic. The name of the forum was memorable to me because it reminded me of an episode of Arthur (1996 - present). For those unfamiliar, Arthur was (and still is - surprised it's apparently still going) a children's show about a talking aardvark and his friends. The episode tried to explain what autism is to a young audience. It compared autism to being on an alien planet where everyone is yelling and no one makes a great deal of sense.

Anyway, a couple of years later or so I started going to online therapy sessions. I went to discuss how to build a healthier self image, how to cope in certain situations better and general self-improvement. During one of our sessions, my therapist asked me if I'd ever considered the fact I might be autistic. I said no and wondered if I should be considering it. She sent me a PDF about anxiety in autistic individuals and how it can differ from how anxiety impacts allistic people. In her message she also remarked that I probably knew all this.

Which reminded me of the blog post and how it had mentioned a place called Wrong Planet. I decided to make a thread here about my experience with the online therapist. That's all I had originally intended to do, to see if I could relate to any of the members here and if it was worth looking into. However, since I was here I kept asking questions and posting responses, and well - I forgot to leave. :lol:


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18 Oct 2021, 2:42 pm

I lurked during the assessment process and joined the day I got my diagnosis. Back then I had no idea that WP accepts undiagnosed people, and is a great resource for those that suspect autism.

I had been on a couple of other forums but never had any desire to join a support group. I joined out of curiosity and WP was the first place to come up on google.


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18 Oct 2021, 6:17 pm

I wasn't planning on joining any forums, but when I first had internet in my house (in late 2009) I finally had the private opportunity to research autism to try to understand my diagnosis better. After a couple of months of googling about autism, I inadvertently stumbled upon a WP thread and I had an itching urge to post a reply, so I signed up an account just to post that one reply. Then somehow I became a regular member here and have been coming here nearly every day since. Over 11 years! Do you think I'll still be visiting this website when I'm an old lady? :lol:


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18 Oct 2021, 6:32 pm

It took me probably a year or so to join, then another year or two to work up the courage to actually post something. Yes, I said years, and no I am not exaggerating. It was my first real forum experience, and I have horrible social anxiety. Took me a while after that to really warm up to it, but now I don’t shut up :lol:


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18 Oct 2021, 6:33 pm

dragonsanddemons wrote:
It took me probably a year or so to join, then another year or two to work up the courage to actually post something. It was my first real forum experience, and I have horrible social anxiety. Took me a while after that to really warm up to it, but now I don’t shut up :lol:


And that's the way we like it. 8)


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18 Oct 2021, 6:34 pm

funeralxempire wrote:
dragonsanddemons wrote:
It took me probably a year or so to join, then another year or two to work up the courage to actually post something. It was my first real forum experience, and I have horrible social anxiety. Took me a while after that to really warm up to it, but now I don’t shut up :lol:


And that's the way we like it. 8)


Thank you :) Sometimes I worry that I’m annoying.


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When you assume, it makes an a** out of u and me.