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I'm quite a complex person. I have autism and OCD, however, I think I'm quite severely depressed. I'm on medication - 60mg of Prozac. It's works well for the OCD, but not so much for the depression. Also I'm extremely overweight as well, so that could be contributing to the depression.
Anyways, I think I once had an episode of psychosis back when I was 16-years old. I started believing that anime/cartoon characters hated my mum. I have no idea why I thought like this, but it's was so distressing to me. None of the therapy I learned worked and no matter what kind of lists I'd make to say why this thought wasn't true, it didn't work. I was on hardly any medication and started gaining weight again due to eating too much to cope with distressing feelings. I think I lacked insight really badly because I honestly thought these characters were superior and better than us and had feelings too.
I think that if I came off my medication or had my dosage lowered, I would start...
A while back @tree asked if we had any suggestions of additonal ratings symbols we wanted, and I have been thinking I often would like to say someone's post is Interesting.
To me, this is different from Informative, because it may be quite whacky or not fact based at all, but still, Interesting.
It's different from Creative because the post may not be about something new or original or contain artistic content or a new way to look at something.
It's different from Like, which signifies approval or appreciation, but the post might be interesting rather than likable, like say on the recent Sliders thread, people were giving experiences of their connection to electrical effects that were mysterious, and (to me) it was Interesting.
Anyway, I often wish I could rate someone's post as, Interesting. I picture the emoji in varied ways, as a thought bubble maybe? Or a light bulb? Not sure, I am not very visual, any suggestions on that?
Do you have any ratings you often wish were...
It seems like all girls I meet follow these three annoyances. At Church events if they do show up which is a rare thing it's the same girls in those groups. Only couples say hi to me that I don't know and it's the same couples.
Matter of fact at my friend lounge night the last two weeks was just him and his roommate both single but guys so no one but me showed up. We talked about it together last week, joking aside I was still irritating. Otherwise it's the same couple that shows up.
Then I find out yesterday that at my life group one is engaged and another new member he has found a girlfriend. I interrupted him with this very topic. Also the life group is a dead end as the other girls have boyfriend or married and most that show up are just guys.
So I prayed about it waste of time and just about giving up .
My partner ended the relationship yesterday. She seemed down, and when I spoke to her, she wasn't forthcoming. I asked if it was us and she nodded. I asked what needed to change and she told me that we'd already tried. She then told me it just feels like we're friends or housemates. The more she spoke, the more I felt the stress and worry take over my mind and body.
Whilst it was an intense shock, I suppose I'd seen it coming in numerous ways that had remained unspoken for a long time. Thankfully we calmly came up with a rough plan for the next few weeks. We own a house together, so we'll need to hire a storage crate and we'll hire a van for a day. Get some of her friends over to get stuff in the storage container. Thankfully both the storage and van rental places are in this small town. Once the house sale goes through, we can work out the next steps in terms of moving out properly.
We need to do some touch up decorations and also get a plasterer to do a couple of small jobs....
My parents gave up trying to get me to quit talking about my special interests because they were realizing it was making me resent them and also suicidal. Now they could care less about meerkats or animals and love to hear what I have to say about them.
I fear I may have to cut someone in particular out of my life because they are not as accepting of my special interests. We used to date but then he broke up with me. I think he broke up with me because of my alexithymia and his tendency to take everything personally. I think he's grown out of the animals. He claims he still likes wolves but I doubt it. He's into that anime stuff not that there's anything wrong with that. But he's always watching to show me his original characters that are human and drawn in that anime style and talk about them but not wanting to hear about my original characters. My original characters are always animals. if I do have human original characters they are always villains for my animal characters to...
I wonder if anyone else on the forum might experience hypervigilance, and possibly have some words of wisdom, or, suggestions as to how to eradicate it. It has, somewhat, taken over my mind/ controls how I perceive situations, which has, at times, been inaccurate, and, therefor, has put a strain on interpersonal communication and has damaged a couple friendships/relationships.
It becomes extreme if ptsd is triggered, but, in the moment, I seem to be unable to decipher between an actual threat, and my thoughts simply being irrational, or over-protective.
I also have social anxiety, so, perhaps, this makes it more intense. My hope is that I can reestablish peace of mind, and some of the naivety, or mental freedom I used to experience.
Thank you for listening, and for any input/ words of wisdom, or, for sharing your own experience with hypervigilance.
A few years ago in the autism charity drop-in I was attending before covid restrictions. I had been using the service for roughly 6 years. And in that 6 years no-one had said anything to me about my eye contact, no one ever has outside the autism charity drop-in either. A member of staff said to me I was using too much eye contact in a chat I was having with him. I don't know if that was appropriate of him to say that. And I was born this way, I am happy with me and don't feel I need to apologise for me being me. I struggle sometimes having enough or too less eye contact but before the member of staff said that to me I wasn't aware some people have a problem with it. If someone is being friendly while chatting to someone I don't think too much or too little eye-contact should matter.
I'm new here, I come from the UK (England). I have a diagnosis of autism (or Asperger's). I also have diagnosed OCD, but I also think I have anxiety problems and depression.
I've been morbidly obese for quite a few years now, but it was only until 2018 that I started noticing my eating patterns. I then became obsessed with weighing myself everyday (I still do this to this day). It got to the point where I binge on food, feel guilty and then cry. I have told health professionals about this, but some say it's my OCD, some say it's emotional eating, but they never say it's BED (binge eating disorder). I have all the symptoms of BED. I even had an eating disorder assessment but they said "it's all your OCD". I know it's not my OCD because OCD is an anxiety disorder and binge eating disorder is an addiction/eating disorder.
I'll be honest, I weigh a lot. I'm very tall for a female and carry my weight well, but nevertheless my weight stresses me out and causes me...
I am curious as to your thoughts on why people scream. It seems that most people scream when afraid. Many, when something terrible occurs, stop all action and just scream. For the life of me, I can’t see a benefit to screaming. When something scares me, I usually lock-up, but I never scream. I know that is not very helpful either, but it seems that screaming just adds more distraction to the fearful event. What do you think?
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