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So I had to talk to a psychiatrist this morning about my depression. This has been a huge step for me. This is the first time in my life that I've ever gotten help from professionals with my anxiety and depression. I am very grateful, and happy to be getting this help.
However, I have noticed a very unfortunate pattern with all of the health care professionals that I've spoken to. They don't want to talk about me being autistic, and it takes many tries before I am heard.
I spoke with this doctor for an hour. He, like many of the other doctors I spoke to, asked me what has caused the depression and anxiety in the past. I bring up the obvious family trauma that I went through which gets me extremely emotional every time without fail. But I always also say to them, I also have other mental health concerns that have gone unchecked all my life that have continued to impact me. Autism being the big one.
This doctor I spoke to literally said to me, "Well. I must say, you don't look...
Today(May 11th 2020) I was talking to my therapist and I was feeling low and eventually said that was I even autistic at this point since my trauma might lead to aspie-like behaviors.
And she suddenly/loudly said: "yes! do you really have aspergers?"
I didn't know how to react to this question because my diagnosis was made when I was 15/16. It was 8 years ago. I couldn't guarantee that I didn't *fake it* or not when I was 15/16. I wasn't sure if I had the ability to fake it. I was so upset and I asked her a following question: "what make you think that I don't have Asperger's?" she replied with "even if you have it, you're really atypical you know? Because people with asperger's don't need friends and you certainly want to make friends and have their accompany."
She then said: "if in DSM5 you need 6/9 to pass the criteria, then you probably only got 4/9 or 5/9. Well, a person can't have all the illness(I have dx depression/PTSD)."
I didn't further the...
I’ve struggled with the idea of empathy. It’s seems like I either feel too much or I don’t feel anything.
So our relationship has progressed, though l have no idea where but that being said, l was scratching my head at all the equally inappropriate card choices.
You are the best Mom ever, umm no. I actually mentioned,( more like unloaded), the #special relationship # she had with my brother recently. It was received with no backlash. What a relief. But it felt good to finally express it and let it go. So we still aren't super close, but she has started to see maybe somethings about my ex. He did a excellent snow job on her, as he did on me.
What type of Mother Day cards would you like to see? Ex: mother's day reminds me you need a therapist. What cards are missing? Feel free to post positive messages!
I am already 30 and my friends and family sometimes try to remind me that I am already 30 so maybe I should be.... you know... adult.
They talk about all the responsibilities that adult life brings and I kinda hate it.
It's not like I am some sort of big child but I kinda hate certain "adult things"
1) "Maybe you should finally get a driver license and buy a car."
2) "You should take a loan and finally buy your own house and have a family. And maybe you should have two and rent the other one to someone."
3) "When do you plan to have your own children."
And many more things.
I hate when people talk about it.
I don't have a car, because I don't think I need it. I always take a bus and everything I need is sorta accessible with public transport. I also don't want to study traffic regulations and all the law things around. I don't want to study about loans - how they work, what should I be careful about, what every single number means and so on. I don't want to study...
I am a 23yr old male, for a while now I've had the feeling that I may have Asperger's, and this was always kind of an inside joke with my ex. She was pretty sure as well, and we were together for 6 years so she knew me better than just about anyone. My parents always kind of blew it off if when ever I brought the subject up, so I never thought of pursuing a diagnosis until now.
Throughout high school I was very social, but I always felt like I was just copying the people around me. I had a different personality for every person I would interact with on a regular basis. When I got home I would be so incredibly exhausted from dealing with people all day. Once college started I kind of stopped caring about what people thought about me, and became far FAR less social. And would have lost contact with pretty much all my friends if i weren't for my girlfriend at the time. Lately, social interactions have become a lot more difficult. But when talking to strangers I...
Whether you were officially diagnosed with Autism or another mental health diagnosis, how have you accepted or not accepted the diagnosis?
I am wondering if anyone has any strategies for learning how to trust people both to help you and make sure that they can trust you as well?
I am also wondering how to trust people enough to be able to take risks with people and be vulnerable enough to show them who you are?
Not sure if this is common. I was recently introduced to Netflix, and find that once I get into a series I end up binge watching night after night. First it was the show Ozark, and now Jessica Jones. I was the same way with watching old X-Files reruns.
I know that binge watching TV for hours night after night is not normal. On the other hand, there isn't much to do when everything is shut down due the Covid 19 pandemic.
Is this behavior associated with ASD? Who else has similar obsessions?
I for one find certain sounds to be endearing or inspiring. Either way, they get stuck in my head for ages and I repeatedly have to make said sound or listen to it over and over again. The same goes for certain moments in songs or scenes in a movie or TV show. Once I find something appealing it's very hard to let it go until I burn out and drop it.
So, what sound is repeating on you right now?
For me it's a rather distinctive one from a highly destructive weapon
Up to 3900 of these per minute at supersonic speeds. BRRRRRT.
It's awe inspiring and terrifying what man can create.
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