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 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Have any of you had an bad experience with a therapist?

Posted: 06 Jan 2023, 8:41 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 570


I've had problems with therapists who made a lot of assumptions and didn't listen or simply didn't believe me. For instance, when I told a former therapist that it was difficult for me to interact with people, she assumed I was just anxious about it and encouraged me to do it anyway, on the assumpti...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Reasons NOT to get an assessment

Posted: 06 Jan 2023, 8:30 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 480


I don't think it's ADHD because I'm not hyperactive or easily distracted, or excitable. Thanks for the video, which I watched.

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Reasons NOT to get an assessment

Posted: 06 Jan 2023, 6:56 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 480


Thank you for your replies. They do make me feel better. The only tests I was asked to take are the two that I posted. I'll look up Sensory Processing Disorder. And I do have a good therapist. She is not knowledgeable about autism per se, but she has actually been studying it for my sake, and she sa...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Reasons NOT to get an assessment

Posted: 06 Jan 2023, 4:07 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 480


I don't like Zoom interactions either, but I didn't see that I had any other choice. I had tried a local specialist and she did an initial interview before the actual assessment, and it didn't give me confidence so I decided not to go with her. But then again this local person mentioned to me that, ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Reasons NOT to get an assessment

Posted: 06 Jan 2023, 2:54 pm 

Replies: 12
Views: 480


This is only my experience and may not apply to you or anyone here. I recently had an autism assessment from someone who is very well respected and also seems very likeable and kind. It was over Zoom. It was the most stressful experience I have had in a very long time. It's been a month and I am sti...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Making friends - a guide for autistic adults

Posted: 16 Oct 2022, 4:53 am 

Replies: 4
Views: 515


This is nice and it seems like it would be helpful to someone who is very isolated to have at least some interaction with other people, which can help to feel less alone. But this will not help make actual friends. It is a guide to talk to people in such a way that they will likely respond with a de...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: How do I get a diagnosis as an adult?

Posted: 13 Oct 2022, 6:09 am 

Replies: 8
Views: 456


Yes you should be able to find it on google. I googled adult autism diagnosis. I'm not sure if people who usually only diagnose children would be as helpful. However, although I did find a respected specialist at a large hospital center, when I called they said their first available appointment was ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Autism Related Serious Real Life Big Problems like Suicide

Posted: 27 Sep 2022, 4:12 am 

Replies: 5
Views: 426


I think there's a difference between wanting to end one's life, which is an extreme and necessarily violent act, and thinking that having to live in the world is hard and that, having the option, it would be better to not have to do it. Which is academic, since none of us has the option of not havin...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: social media

 Post subject: Re: social media
Posted: 27 Sep 2022, 3:51 am 

Replies: 33
Views: 2,177


I use it in a very limited way but I have found it to be essential to maintain some personal contact, since I have so little of it in real life, and it has allowed me to be in touch with people I knew years ago whom I would not have had an excuse to contact otherwise. I find that there is a comfort ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Feeling lost and alone, even within the ASD community

Posted: 22 Sep 2022, 1:02 pm 

Replies: 17
Views: 978


I am not diagnosed but I feel quite certain that I am on the spectrum. I'm in my late 50s and first suspected it in the late 90s when I read a book review and then the book itself. But there was nothing to be done, no specialists I could find, and even more recently, about 12 years ago, I went to a ...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Currently experiencing awful bout of depression, need advice

Posted: 30 Jul 2022, 12:27 am 

Replies: 9
Views: 477


I'm sorry you're dealing with this. I have two thoughts: one is that you seem to be berating yourself for not being how you think you should be. Even thought it is causing you pain and distress, it is okay for you to be you. Who you are is not wrong and not something you need to fight against. Pract...

 Forum: In-Depth Adult Life Discussion   Topic: Learning to Drive

 Post subject: Re: Learning to Drive
Posted: 30 Jul 2022, 12:15 am 

Replies: 12
Views: 1,167


The nice thing about driving is that it has very specific rules. Even though most experienced drivers don't drive that way -- following all the rules every time -- you can. Stay in your lane, stop at stop signs and look both ways, signal when you want to turn, and get into the turning lane early, an...

 Forum: Politics, Philosophy, and Religion   Topic: Is nature's beauty proof of God

Posted: 02 Jul 2021, 11:05 pm 

Replies: 51
Views: 2,045


What blows my mind is how perfectly everything in nature combines to perpetuate itself. They say it's all just evolution and natural selection, but is that really it? Is that why some plants know they need thorns to keep nuisances away? Why some plants know they need poisons to protect themselves? ...

 Forum: Autism Politics, Activism, and Media Representation   Topic: Need educated on non-binary

Posted: 02 Jul 2021, 2:05 pm 

Replies: 43
Views: 1,138


I want to put it out there that I am a fairly androgynous, masculine woman who is a lesbian... but I don’t truly understand non-binary.. I can understand being transgender, and I have nothing against what anyone wants to do or who they are inside.. but, in my mind being non-binary is just not fitti...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Heat Sensitivity

 Post subject: Re: Heat Sensitivity
Posted: 05 Aug 2020, 8:47 pm 

Replies: 48
Views: 4,855


I like hot weather. I dislike air conditioning. As long as I have a fan and ventilation through open windows, and water, I am fine with pretty hot temperatures, up to around 100F. It's not pleasant when it's that hot, but I don't mind it too much. The cold, on the other hand, is painful. When I have...

 Forum: General Autism Discussion   Topic: Need some quick advice

 Post subject: Re: Need some quick advice
Posted: 31 Jul 2020, 10:50 pm 

Replies: 6
Views: 368


It sounds like you are becoming overly emotionally involved and probably should make an effort to stay away from this student, especially on the internet.
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