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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: The New RAADS-R Test is Impossible to Answer

Posted: 26 Sep 2021, 2:27 am 

Replies: 2
Views: 198


The RAADS-R is meant to be taken with the benefit of somebody who knew you when you were younger, if available (And yes, it is not always possible to get somebody to help with it). You have to gauge whether you think a particular answer is "Mostly True" or "Mostly False" by way o...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: I Am Not Like Most People.

Posted: 22 Sep 2021, 3:23 pm 

Replies: 14
Views: 508


Understanding that no one is "like" another person is one of the harder things to come to grips with. Most people strive for normalcy, to be part of the collective, but in modern culture, we also like to think that we are unique, one of a kind, and that we break the mold. We tend to create...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: I seem to be trapped in some Dante's Inferno of noise...

Posted: 20 Sep 2021, 3:07 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 492


To be direct, what *is* the noise? Not your experience of it, what is it actually?

That will help determine what can be done to help.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Choirboy gossip

 Post subject: Re: Choirboy gossip
Posted: 20 Sep 2021, 2:36 pm 

Replies: 7
Views: 172


I have been called "Choirboy," "Goody-Goody," and "White Knight," all in derogatory fashion. As KraftieKortie suggests, people often insult things that make them feel insecure or that they do not understand. Some people will use such terms in a non-insulting way, and me...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What happens to you if you can’t vent?

Posted: 20 Sep 2021, 2:16 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 530


There are obvious downsides to being unable to express ones frustrations or emotions. One is that it can result in psychological trauma and compound already present conditions (or cause new ones to occur). That is not to say that being able to vent is at all times permissible. Doing so in a healthy ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: I seem to be trapped in some Dante's Inferno of noise...

Posted: 20 Sep 2021, 2:05 pm 

Replies: 16
Views: 492


I do not think suicide should ever be considered. I do not know what circumstances you are going through exactly, since all that you are noting is that you are experiencing noise related stress related to somebody else. Are you able to isolate yourself from this person? are there ways you can minimi...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Atheist Republic sucks

 Post subject: Re: Atheist Republic sucks
Posted: 19 Sep 2021, 9:48 pm 

Replies: 41
Views: 1,266


I tend to end up posting on a lot of Atheist FaceBook sites, not because I am an Atheist, but because I tend to agree with them more frequently than not. I am in a really strange and unique place in the theology department... Atheist Republic tends to have people who are very politically minded, and...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Need a good old rant. Anyone else up for it?

Posted: 19 Sep 2021, 8:24 pm 

Replies: 22
Views: 726


I get frustrated by the way society seems to operate on certain premises, yet it violates those premises all the time especially in regard to how it treats individual human beings. In theory society works, but in practice it is a mess, and I get tired seeing the disparity between the two, and also g...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Puzzled by the 'spoons' thing-???

Posted: 18 Sep 2021, 5:26 pm 

Replies: 19
Views: 504


No, there isn't. It is a rough generalization that explains what having disability is like to those without, but there is no formula to determine if you have X spoons or what costs a spoon, what does not cost a spoon. It is simply an analogy used to help people without disability understand those wh...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Is this a stim?

 Post subject: Re: Is this a stim?
Posted: 16 Sep 2021, 12:09 pm 

Replies: 39
Views: 11,774


I find it hard to distinguish the line between "fidget" and "stim," especially when discussing possible ASD or ADHD stims. I find that noting frequency is really helpful. As an example, I have something I *do* consider a stim, which has been exhaustively discussed here (Leg shaki...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: In the simplest terms, what does autism mean to you?

Posted: 11 Sep 2021, 12:05 am 

Replies: 16
Views: 439


Finally understanding the things that make me the way I am. I totally understand the negative context that people might place on Autism based on experience, and those are things I have never experienced formally. A diagnosis wasn't given to me, so I couldn't tether the experiences I had to it. But I...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: I don’t think I’m on the spectrum, what do you guys think?

Posted: 10 Sep 2021, 6:41 pm 

Replies: 33
Views: 849


I think that a distinguishing point might be not that people on the spectrum struggle with social interaction and conversation, but rather that doing so is not *intuitive* to them. While an NT person may quickly pick up on the ebb and flow of being social, to a person with ASD those things are alien...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Words or sounds you hate...

 Post subject: Words or sounds you hate...
Posted: 08 Sep 2021, 4:08 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 410


I know that many people on the spectrum have some comorbid conditions, many of which have to do with sounds, words, lights, etc. This is more about the linguistic side of that, as I am just curious what words and/or sounds that people make are incredibly uncomfortable for others. I am sure that ther...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Explain America's autism support & Why doesn't it exist?

Posted: 07 Sep 2021, 12:38 pm 

Replies: 9
Views: 353


The easiest answer is: Money. In the U.S., health care has been monetized in such a way that any condition that requires lifelong or long term care is heavily scrutinized and many attempts are made to either make said condition no longer cost the Insurance Companies money, or to find ways to make tr...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: What todo when there is not enough information to decide?

Posted: 07 Sep 2021, 12:22 pm 

Replies: 10
Views: 303


I either disengage (If there isn't enough information, then I can't decide, so I am not going to try) or I try to overthink the situation. Those aren't really helpful. I know enough from my experience that I know sometimes I do need to ask somebody else to help resolve the issue, especially if the m...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Why do therapists make "engaging" so hard and unrewarding?

Posted: 07 Sep 2021, 12:20 pm 

Replies: 15
Views: 560


Taking control is one hell of an impossible task when you're a minor being emotionally abused by your own family. The only helpful thing I had access to was alcohol, which I (ab)used since I was 12. But what else was I supposed to do? Run away from home and get arrested? Call CPS myself and have it...
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