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I never really cared about making friends. Other kids typically annoyed me and the only humans I were ever close with were my mother and older brothers. Human beings my own age confused me and I probably confused them. When I realized a friend wasn't someone I could lecture to about my special interests, I had no interest in these friend things; at least ones of the human variety. My dogs, horses and bearded dragon were my best friends. Humans were also mean for no reason.
But not having human friends was always looked upon as a bad thing. Most of my friendships are online with autistic people of similar interests in zoology or veterinary medicine. Once the interest is over, usually so is the friendship.
Are there any diagnosed auties or aspies who read fiction as children and could socialise and tell people's intentions?
I ask because I feel really guilty.
I learnt to read at two.
As I was a an early talker and bright, out of nappies at 1, and a late walker, my Dad used to focus on my shortcomings.
It wasnt his fault, he had a sadistic streak and narcissism from early abuse.
I gave up reading, which made my mum really sad.
In my early life at two when reading, I remember loving nature, and my mum being empathic and loving.
Not once did she bully or pressure me into reading, she was proud and though I was gifted.
Part of narcissism is that you cannot be outshone as it is too painful for you, which is why my Dad belittled me and talked about my shortcomings.
This is why I gave up reading.
Had I of kept reading, I knwo I would still be autistic as I Was born with it, but I would have had the intuition to know what he was up to, if reading gives autistic kids cognitive empathy.
This is my first time posting, in any forum ever. I appreciate advice from anyone, as I do realize that a lot of what I am asking is very general, and not necessarily tied to his condition. English is not my first language, so sorry for any typos, and if any clarification is needed, please let me know. Thanks in advance to anyone that might have any advices for me.
I am a 24 year old NT woman, who met a 24 year old man with high functioning aspergers. He told me about his condition himself. I don't know when he was diagnosed, but he is very high-functioning. We dated for 6 months. I have to admit that I did not really do any research on his condition in the beginning, because the signs were totally absent for the first months. After roughly 3 months of him being extremely intense, I started to feel like he lost interest, but I never had the courage to confront him about it. We just stayed a little less in touch, and I usually initiated small-talk. He continued to ask if we...
I know a lot of us have somewhat restricted (or very restricted) diets. My diet sucks, because I tend to only eat one thing per meal (such as an entire box of mac & cheese that's intended to serve 4 people as a side dish) and in general just do not have a varied diet at all. (I eat out a lot because of the pandemic...doordash almost every day. Which might be marginally better but not much lol.)
I've tried to fix it a few times...eating healthy becomes my special interest which I get bored with after a couple weeks or maybe months, and I'm back to not really wanting to put in the effort for food and eating something crazy like...an entire bag of frozen peas (and nothing else) for dinner.
Lately I've realized I'm probably deficient in a lot of stuff, and that's screwing with my mental health (neurochemistry and how the body creates neurotransmitters and what it needs to do so is my new special interest right now lol. So I realized I'm probably deficient in both tryptophan and B...
Look at this cute Christmas hedgehog
I work at my Dad's company and pretty much keep to myself. I like most of the employees except for one person. She's overbearing and annoying, and I try to avoid her as much as possible. She's obsessed with having a Christmas party each year, and my dad lets her take care of it. I was thinking that due to COVID, it wouldn't happen. Unfortunately, she decided unilaterally that we would order takeout and eat dinner together. She picked the restaurant herself and would never think to ask for anyone's input. I would rather watch static on a television than have a company meal after hours. I asked my dad why we couldn't just have lunch. It's our last day of work before holiday break, and I really just want to get home. He said that she told him the restaurant isn't open for lunch which isn't even true. Before she left last night, she was like "make sure you look at the menu." I told her thank you, but I wouldn't be attending. She comes in this morning and acts like I never declined the...
A couple of months ago, everybody at my office was promised a full week off from work with full pay for the week between Christmas and New Year’s.
Last Friday, the executive director at my office decided to renege on that and demand that people (including myself) come in that week. So much for me being able to get all of the achievements in Shadow of Mordor by the end of the year before the servers close. This executive director has ruined many plans because her ego is more important than keeping her word.
I have this horrible ocd issue about sweating so I always put way too much deodorant on because the deodorant has to be strong enough to smell so that I can smell it in the morning just in case I ended up sweating at night. Well I’ll put a lot on and then it starts to get kind of wet instead of dry and get the marks all over my shirt. But I also have the issue of having to put it on even amounts of time and I don’t know if that’s why it ends up getting wet. But I also have deodorant that seems to be a little drier than when you first buy then at the store so I don’t know if that causes it to get wet because I have to put more on to feel like it’s got enough on. Any tips or suggestions?
I have had teachers who assumed that I had skills that I did not really have. Do teachers assume too much? Some argue that teacher assume that you know all the basics or will just learn without directly focusing on it. What is going on? Is this an ASD issue or do everyone experience this?
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