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    PTSD in Autistic Adults

    Your questions are perfectly fine! What's important to remember is that there are many factors that increase the risk of PTSD. Examples include difficulties processing emotions; difficulties understanding the traumatic situation; a lack of social support; a tendency to ruminate on negative...
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    PTSD in Autistic Adults

    PTSD can be comparatively more difficult and time-intensive to treat than many other disorders. However, you're right that it's a huge problem that access to appropriate treatment can be so limited. PTSD can cause really severe negative outcomes when untreated, and it's especially concerning...
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    PTSD in Autistic Adults

    Thank you! I'm sorry that most researchers don't return to share their results. You all gifted me with your time and experiences; it's only fair that I let you know the study outcome! Yes, I'm very happy with how the paper turned out and with the opportunity to share it with others!
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    PTSD in Autistic Adults

    Hi everyone! I last posted a little over a year ago to announce the publication of a study that people here participated in ("Interpersonal Trauma And Posttraumatic Stress In Autistic Adults"). I'm thrilled to announce a second publication from the same dataset, "PTSD in Autistic Adults...
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    Interpersonal Trauma And Posttraumatic Stress In Autistic Adults

    Yes! I really like how the journal Autism in Adulthood makes a strong effort to make its articles accessible to autistic adults and those who care about us, including those without an academic background. Their concern with giving a platform for autistic voices and making sure that their...
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    Interpersonal Trauma And Posttraumatic Stress In Autistic Adults

    Thank you both for your kind comments! I'm sorry to hear that researchers returning to share their results is so rare. I agree that that's not very respectful, and I hope that changes as there's a stronger push for autistic adults to be included in research about us.
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    Interpersonal Trauma And Posttraumatic Stress In Autistic Adults

    Yes, the gender differences really stood out to me as well! Especially because sexual violence seemed to be the driving factor behind these differences, it raises a lot of concern for me about why this might be. There's evidence that even cisgender autistic women don't "perform womanhood" as...
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    Interpersonal Trauma And Posttraumatic Stress In Autistic Adults

    The prefix "cisgender" is the generally accepted and most easily understood way to differentiate between people who are and are not trans. In this study, it was important to highlight gender and trans status because both can impact the risk of interpersonal trauma, particularly sexual violence.
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    Interpersonal Trauma And Posttraumatic Stress In Autistic Adults

    Hi everyone! Two years ago, I posted here to recruit participants for a research study on dissociation in autism spectrum disorders. I got a lot of interest and responses! I'm still analyzing some of the data, including the free response descriptions of how autistic adults experience...
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    Participate in a Study on Dissociation in Autism Spectrum Disorders

    My adviser recommend that we close the survey tonight. It will stop accepting responses at 12:00 midnight Eastern Standard Time. Again, thank you so much to everyone who participated! I'll return when I have a summary of the data to share.
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    Participate in a Study on Dissociation in Autism Spectrum Disorders

    As a heads up, I'll probably be closing the survey and beginning data analysis within the next week or two. If you want to participate but didn't have the chance to before, try to do so soon!
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    Participate in a Study on Dissociation in Autism Spectrum Disorders

    I just passed the minimum number of participants I needed! As I said before, I'll continue recruiting until the end of the summer because I want my results to reflect as many people as possible, but I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who's participated so far!
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    Participate in a Study on Dissociation in Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Thank you for your participation! And yes, I plan to share the results as soon as they're ready.
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    Participate in a Study on Dissociation in Autism Spectrum Disorders

    The survey will be open for the remainder of the summer. If more people would be interested in participating, I would appreciate it!
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    Participate in a Study on Dissociation in Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Yes, that's correct! Any autistic adult is welcome to participate. We want to know what factors make autistic adults more likely to dissociate and shape experiences of dissociation, and so a range of experiences, comorbid disorders, and risk factors is a good thing!
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    Participate in a Study on Dissociation in Autism Spectrum Disorders

    That's a valuable perspective! Part of looking at how dissociation is expressed in ASD includes looking at how it's experienced by the individual. As I said before, at the end of the study is an opportunity for participants to talk about how they view their dissociation, and quite a few people...
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    Participate in a Study on Dissociation in Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Technically, "or" is an operator which can be used to indicate one or a combination of choices. Not knowing if you're sad, frightened, or angry means that you don't know which, if any, of those feelings you're experiencing. It could mean that you're sad and not realizing it, but it could also...
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    Participate in a Study on Dissociation in Autism Spectrum Disorders

    I hope that taking the survey goes well for you! I'm glad to hear that your psychologist is aware of and willing to discuss dissociation in autism. That's good, to know that this is on some clinicians' radars! Thank you for your participation! I'm glad that you enjoyed the survey. :) I have to...
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    Participate in a Study on Dissociation in Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Thank you for your participation! And yes, dissociation can absolutely be a helpful coping mechanism under the right circumstances and when not severe. One of the most interesting aspects of this research for me has been examining the open responses that people give and seeing how they view...
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    Participate in a Study on Dissociation in Autism Spectrum Disorders

    Sorry about that! I know that different people have different tolerances for study lengths, and it was hard to balance including enough measures to capture all of the factors that we want to examine and the need to not tire out participants! That is one of the reasons that I wanted to make clear...
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