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I have had problems with getting vertigo that lasts 24 hours.
Usually I wake up with it to find when I raise to get out of bed the room starts spinning very rapidly and I can't get out of bed until I sit up slowly. Even then it is difficult to walk due to the spinning sensation in my head and visual spinning of the room.
I have been to ENT doctors and neurologists over this concern.
The ENT says there is a type of vertigo called benign postural vertigo which gets worse when you move from lying to sitting and vice versa. Nothing was found wrong with my ears to indicate an inner ear problem causing this.
My neurologist has done some testing because I do have neuropathy of the feet and some movement/walking difficulties, but found nothing so far that would explain vertigo.
He told me that a build up of stress can cause this and that it is fairly common in people with Aspergers. Due to anxiety issues.
I can tell when I am about to get a round of this as the top of my head gets a...
A common motif here is the bullying, lack of acceptance and often traumatic life events that we were subjected to in our childhoor/teenage years for our lack of conformity to the NT world. So I have a lot of questions today, and I could use some help with those.
1. As an adult, how do you cope with that?
2. Do you still get intense flashbacks of those times?
3. Have you found peace with that, or do you occasionally get bitter?
4. Any PTSD or depression that you think can be directly traced to those events?
5. Do you ever feel that things would have taken a completely different turn if you had had a diagnosis in your childhood or teenage years, and had gotten the adequate assistance and trainings/therapies?
6. Do you ever feel guilt over times when you didn't stand up for yourself enough, even though you couldn't have in reality, or guilt for times you went too far in defending yourself?
7. What has helped you make up for what you couldn't receive before adulthood?
8. Are you...
I have been stuck in a rut for months on the same foods. I perseverate on certain ones, and cycle through them according to my routine, and lately I've been very very stuck. More so than usual for me. I've been able to count on my hand the foods I'll eat and if they aren't available, I just won't until I'm able, even if it means skipping...much to the chagrin of my husband and family. I know this isn't healthy(logically anyways) but I just can't bring myself to eat what I don't want and I can't get past it most days. Again being new to possible to diagnosis, I blamed this cycle on my worsening depression or being "quirky with food" as I will try new things at times... but now know that this habit I've had over the course of my life could be linked to Aspergers.
Onto my small victory ☺️
I seem to have broken a bit out of this cycle and wanted food that was outside those I've been stuck to in this particular round. This is small I know, but encouraging nonetheless.
What kind of plants do you have? Got some pictures to show off your plants? What type of plants are you hoping to have in future? Anything unusual, like a bonsai or orchid? Do you have a really interesting or unusual indoor plant specimen? Plants are awesome! This is a thread for anyone who loves indoor plants to share ideas, solutions, show off their plants or collections.
This has always been something I've really tried to figure out my entire life, why I'm so lonely all the time and why I ended up this way.
I've never really had a lot of friends, honestly I can only remember one time when I even had a best friend, that friendship lasted about two months.
I obviously have a family that cares about me very much, but all of my life I've wanted just one really good friend who would stick by me through it all, but at the same time, I'm not a very social person, signing up here was nerve racking and took a lot of courage.
In the real world, my mind is constantly ablaze with thoughts like "What does that person think of me?" or "What bully will I run into today?"
I've always thought that with my autism and the way my mind is and operates, that that could be the main cause of why I'm alone. In person I can never look someone in the eye, it makes me extremely nervous and trying to introduce myself to people is even worse.
Outside of work and other...
Years ago, I dismissed the idea that I could have Aspergers due to the word empathy. I had read that Aspies lack empathy, whereas I had social anxiety disorder which some think of as having too much empathy, so I thought the two were incompatible. More recently, I've come to the conclusion that when referring to autism, sometimes people are using a different definition of the word empathy. Instead of meaning the ability to recognize and feel what others feel, they mean the ability to respond to someone's emotions in a way that the other person deems appropriate.
Any thoughts on this? Which definition(s) do you think describe you?
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We have managed to purchase a VERY nice domain name: autismforums.com
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First off, hello to anyone who finds the time to read this.
I have quite the obsession with the Swedish heavy metal band "Amon Amarth."
I started listening to them in 2008 and have been absolutely addicted ever since, so much so that since then I've bought every CD they've ever produced and have a ton of their posters and shirts, etc.
I've even found myself drawing their band logo sometimes when I'm bored, which by the way, I think I'm getting better each time I draw it.
Amon Amarth has carried me through some very dark times in my life and I hope this doesn't sound strange, but I consider them to be family.
For some reason though I have to stick to one band at a time and learn everything about them, because I feel like branching out to something else means that I'm cheating on that band. I don't know if that is something related to my autism, but I've gotten a lot of flak for it over the years by former friends and others.
I really try not to talk about them in front of...
Hi. I can't tell if my friend is mad at me. Yesterday she sent me a bunch of texts asking if she could park at my house so I can give her a ride to and from college. It would be once a week, and she doesn't want to pay for a parking garage pass. I didn't reply back to her text until this morning because I was nervous about telling her I didn't want to. It would just be stressful for me have to drop her off then wait around 3 hours for her to get out of class, and then pick her up after picking my daughter up from her bus stop.
So this morning I told her "I don't think I can commit to that because I'm busy during the week with doctors appointments but I can do it some days." Immediately after she replied with a one word text saying "ok." And hasn't replied to any of my other texts. I'm worried she is mad and giving my the "silent treatment." Maybe I'm just paranoid though.
Very random, I know, but for some reasons a couple of questions have been nagging me, and I guess I won't be rid of them until I get input from you all (well, y'all, not all of the 11,000+ members, although that would make for a popular thread, but enough with the digressions already, sorry).
So, back to my initial topic:
Throughout my very varied career, I've had countless opportunities to wear regular clothes, but also several years working in a uniform. Both had their pros and cons:
The uniform was great because it relieved me from dreaded questions such as "what is appropriate to wear, what is too formal, what is too casual? I also tended to feel reassured by the fact that all of the staff was on equal footing, and we had those things were supervisors had a small accessory in a different color to signal their status, which helped in times of conflicts with customers. What I hated was that uniforms are not always exactly comfy, and sometimes you end up forced to wear something...
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