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 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Anyone else feel angry for not getting an early diagnosis?

Posted: 29 Mar 2021, 7:05 pm 

Replies: 155
Views: 18,831


I definitely relate a lot to this. My parents even admitted they used ABA like tactics on me. I do face a lot of trauma because of it. However, I still feel there are cons to being diagnosed earlier. I actually heard of people who were diagnosed with autism as children who wish they could have been ...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Being "cutesy" as an adult

Posted: 29 Mar 2021, 2:45 am 

Replies: 27
Views: 2,122


I love cute things like Pokemon and Sanrio characters. I had a room full of plushies and dolls into my mid-20s. I like how they are nice to look at and comforting. I also dress kind of young for my age and I love anything with glitter and bright colors. I feel if it's your home you should be able to...

 Forum: Women's Discussion   Topic: Help with hair

 Post subject: Re: Help with hair
Posted: 29 Mar 2021, 2:34 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 525


My hair started to go grey when I was 18. I was embarrassed and people would always point it out. I started with temp dye from a box which just lasts a couple of weeks to see what it was like. I started to dye it by going to salon when I felt confident about my color choice and the greys became more...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Anyone else feel angry for not getting an early diagnosis?

Posted: 29 Mar 2021, 2:05 am 

Replies: 155
Views: 18,831


I feel angry in a sense. It would have been great for me, my parents, and teachers to know about how my brain worked when I was younger. It would have saved us a lot of anger, irritation, and sadness. On the other hand if I was diagnosed earlier (as in childhood) I would have probably been sent to A...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: To tell or not to tell?

 Post subject: Re: To tell or not to tell?
Posted: 29 Mar 2021, 1:55 am 

Replies: 26
Views: 1,144


I don't tell people I'm autistic, but I hope to get to a place where I can be comfortable doing so.

 Forum: Work and finding a Job   Topic: Advice for New Career Path

 Post subject: Advice for New Career Path
Posted: 29 Mar 2021, 1:53 am 

Replies: 3
Views: 330


I am currently working out a strategy for a new career path. I have been out of full-time work for almost a year, I had a few interviews but nothing has come out of it. I have come to realize finding a suitable environment meeting my sensory needs and acceptance of my disabilities would be more bene...

 Forum: Television, Film, and Video   Topic: TV Shows

 Post subject: Re: TV Shows
Posted: 29 Mar 2021, 1:28 am 

Replies: 10
Views: 433


I have a number of TV shows with episodes I will watch the episodes numerous times. Mostly sitcoms and animated shows like The Simpsons, Frasier, Seinfeld, etc... I also love trying to find old episodes of cartoons from the 1980s and 90s online. Sometimes I will revisit dramas or sci-fi shows, but I...

 Forum: Love and Dating   Topic: ex partners cyber stalking, could you forgive?

Posted: 29 Mar 2021, 1:00 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 543


I could never trust anyone who did all these things. Anyone who tries to steal from me or makes me feel unsafe doesn't have any room in my life. When I stop seeing someone, I cut all ties. They are blocked from all my social media and any follow-up phone calls or texts from them will likely be unans...

 Forum: Random Discussion   Topic: Adult Autism Room Design

Posted: 29 Mar 2021, 12:38 am 

Replies: 7
Views: 143


I moved to a new place with my parents and I just finished redesigning my bedroom. Since I'm learning more about my sensory and mental health needs I wanted my space to reflect this. These are just my suggestions based on what I find works for me. Some of the were recommended by therapist's, books, ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Is it weird to like toys as an adult?

Posted: 28 Mar 2021, 11:13 pm 

Replies: 69
Views: 1,647


I like toys too. I must admit I don't collect as much as I used too (I ran out of space), but it's an interest of mine. I want to get more into selling my retro toys like action figures and maybe turn it into career one day.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Mind-Blindness, Theory of Mind, and Fiction

Posted: 28 Mar 2021, 10:57 pm 

Replies: 52
Views: 28,922


I self-diagnosed myself with Aspergers before I got a formal diagnosis. This was just before the new criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder and I found the theory of mind criteria very confusing as well. I love reading fiction and watching fiction. I especially enjoy reading fantasy and science fict...

 Forum: The Haven   Topic: Masking

 Post subject: Re: Masking
Posted: 20 Mar 2021, 2:03 am 

Replies: 10
Views: 204


I never really realized it recently, but I mask a lot. Due to recent events I have been piecing my life together. I was originally diagnosed with Autism around age 24 before than I thought I might be Autistic based on some research I found, but I shrugged it off thinking someone would have told me i...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Being "eclectic"

 Post subject: Re: Being "eclectic"
Posted: 18 Mar 2021, 11:29 pm 

Replies: 5
Views: 261


I'm very electric. I didn't really notice until a friend of mine pointed it out a few years ago saying she like hearing about my variety of interests. Here are some of my interests: -playing the electronic drums -reading manga and watching anime -retro gaming -drawing, graphic design -the 1980s -res...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Mind-Blindness, Theory of Mind, and Fiction

Posted: 18 Mar 2021, 11:17 pm 

Replies: 52
Views: 28,922


I self-diagnosed myself with Aspergers before I got a formal diagnosis. This was just before the new criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder and I found the theory of mind criteria very confusing as well. I love reading fiction and watching fiction. I especially enjoy reading fantasy and science ficti...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Do you still sleep with a comfort object?

Posted: 18 Mar 2021, 10:41 pm 

Replies: 41
Views: 1,001


I haven't slept with a stuffed animal in years, but I do use a soft round pillow filled with beans called a Mooshi Squish Pillow. It's not very big but its comfortable to hold or rest your head on. Someone recommended Squishmallow plushies to me once, they look comforting, but I'm not sure if I woul...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Extreme Burnout

 Post subject: Re: Extreme Burnout
Posted: 18 Mar 2021, 10:31 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 492


I've been going through something similar lately. A lot has happened to me in the past few weeks and it's difficult to explain. But what I have found is exercise and having a regular sleep routine is very important. Exercise helps me become alert in the morning and aids with my coordination difficul...
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