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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Psique, Aug 27, 2019.

  1. Psique

    Psique INTP but with feels

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    Hello everyone, I've been immersed into autism related texts and videos since yesterday, and decided to join a forum as well. Throughout my childhood and teenage years (that are still going on : p)
    I always felt somewhat different. Socializing is tough, even greeting is a nightmare (thank god a few extroverts adopted me and we clicked heh)

    My hobbies and interests are always a big deal to me and a big part of who I am so I research and live them intensely (and feel disproportionally offended when others don't appreciate them lol).

    I'm still figuring "stims" out, so maybe you guys can tell me if these things are more or less like it: biting anything I can reach, and sometimes swallowing (erasers, paper, plastic from pens, blankets and other cozy things) is considered a stim? Also, are having a terrible sense of direction and space, and struggling to recognize and memorise people's names and faces a thing?

    Entering the sensory field, scaring me is awfully easy, loud sounds make me jump off my chair, but what stands out the most is how nauseated a lot of smells get me, and I can recognize smells surprisingly well. Sorry if it isn't related at all. There are many other things, but I'll try not to elongate this even more.

    Some things that get me confused while reading about the subject are that I'm heavily verbal and good at recognizing facial cues and figurated language. So, all of this is new to me but I'm eager to know more and who knows, even diagnose myself and later on look for an asessment. Thank you SO much if you even read this until the end :)
     
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    Isadoorian Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Welcome! I hope you make new friends and enjoy your stay in the process! :)
     
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    Rectify Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Welcome to the forum. I'm sure you'll learn a lot here :)
     
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  5. Aspychata

    Aspychata Serenity waves, beachy vibes

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    Welcome to your tribe!! lol
     
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  6. Psique

    Psique INTP but with feels

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    Thanks! Already learning ♡
     
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  7. Psique

    Psique INTP but with feels

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    It's funny how in two hours around I kinda feel like I belong hahah ✩
     
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  8. Nitro

    Nitro Admin/Immoral Turpitude Staff Member Admin V.I.P Member

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    Hi Psique

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  9. Nervous Rex

    Nervous Rex High-functioning autistic V.I.P Member

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    That’s how it should be. Welcome! I hope you find this forum as welcoming and useful as I have.
     
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    Clueless in Canada Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Hi and welcome! This forum is full of great people. Isn't it wonderful to find your tribe?
     
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    WhoDatLady Random Mardi Gras reveler

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    Welcome! Pull up a chair and converse with us! :)
     
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    Misery Photo-Negative V.I.P Member

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    Yes, the things you mention definitely can count as stims. I mean, MOST people stim, but for NTs it seems to be smaller things... twirling hair or tapping fingers. For those on the spectrum alot of our stims tend to be a bit more... intense. Or weird. Or complicated. Or all three. My own stims are: Picking/peeling at the skin on my left hand (yeah, sounds gross, but I'm used to it and it's not like it hurts whatsoever... satisfying to do, actually), driving with the window open (yes, a big action like that can be a stim), and if I get seriously agitated, I'll rake my fingernails down my arm. That one is not pleasant, but I will do it anyway.

    You'll find alot of people here have funky stims like that.

    And yes, the sensory stuff is definitely related to autism/spectrum/whatever. It's maybe the most common aspect? From what I"ve heard anyway.

    So, what sorts of interests do you have?

    Welcome to the forums, by the way.
     
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    Major Tom Searching for ground control... V.I.P Member

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    Welcome!
     
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    Streetwise very cautious contributor V.I.P Member

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    I’ve never heard of stimulation when you swallow dangerous things ,it is usually hand flapping, stroking a part of the body ,rocking, touching something that isn’t living like stim toys.it could be associated with a child trying to learn and putting things in its mouth , there are many disorders that are counted under autism spectrum disorder but are not necessarily called autism ,So I couldn’t diagnose you ,autism is like a lack of socialisation !so you need !if you want !a diagnosis, when you decide .
     
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    Nervous Rex High-functioning autistic V.I.P Member

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    That doesn't surprise me. When I was a kid, I put everything in my mouth - anything I found, wherever I found it - into the mouth. I think the stim was feeling the different textures. About halfway through grade school, I noticed that I was still doing it and that no one else around me was. It took a lot of effort for me to break myself of the habit.
     
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    Streetwise very cautious contributor V.I.P Member

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    Just remembered I did that with a glass Christmas bauble the internal mucosa must be like steel to not be affected by glass
     
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    Judge Well-Known Member V.I.P Member

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    Welcome to Autism Forums. Repeat Intentional Foreign Body Ingestion? Hmmmm.

    Yeah there's even a name for such a thing if you think this may or may not describe your condition. Though I don't think it's looked at as an autistic stim. Seems indicative of other considerations.


    Repeat Intentional Foreign Body Ingestion: The Importance of a Multidisciplinary Approach
     
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    Psique INTP but with feels

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    Oh, it isn't much about ingesting, more about biting. Biting calms me down and swallowing started more as a way to hide "evidence" that I had been doing that ( I used to chew my shirts' collars without ingesting and my mother would always censure me, so I became heavily self-counscious at a young age)
     
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    Psique INTP but with feels

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    I used to do that to, but once I put soap in my mouth and thought "hey, let's not" lol. After some time it stopped
     
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