Alexithymia & Dating: “How do you feel?”
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by Alsie
1d ago
The extra challenges Autism brings to the relationship table Photo by freestocks on Unsplash As an Autistic, with potential ADHD traits (that I still haven’t fully explored with my psychologist.), I can say that I’ve done my fair share of dating. Since the age of 16, I found myself drawn in to the dating circle, springing off a string of serial long term relationships. I don’t do casual, at least not very well. But I can do a lot of one year relationships instead apparently. I have to say I am low-key embarrassed at my dating history. My friends like to joke about “how much I go through m ..read more
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Alexithymia & I: Exploring the Internal Environment of Emotion
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by Alsie
1w ago
I’ve always known I was sensitive, but I didn’t know the full details till now, at the age of 25… Photo by Callum Skelton on Unsplash As an autistic, there’s so much of the human condition that you come to discover over time that neurotypicals would just inherently know. Being naturally “connected” to your body is almost a privilege. It’s something autistics have to constantly strive to do. Our internal environment is so complex and sensitive, that keeping everything in check is a continuous effort we have to regulate. I first found out about Alexithymia at the age of 21. I toyed wit ..read more
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7 Surprising Traits Shared Between Autism & ADHD
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by Shamiha Said
1w ago
And why many adults are often late-diagnosed with both conditions Image created on Canva by Author. One of the reasons why so many adults are late-diagnosed with autism and ADHD is because one hides the other. It may be more challenging for us and those around us to recognise that we’re autistic if we regularly make impulsive decisions or struggle to pay attention. It may be hard to recognise we have ADHD if we also need a routine but struggle to stick to it. More often than not, autism and ADHD work together to mask our neurodivergent traits until we experience a huge life event or  ..read more
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9 Autistic Traits That Were Easily Missed For 27 Years
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by Shamiha Said
3w ago
Why many autistic girls are overlooked Image created on Canva by author. I have spent my entire life trying to fit in, but no matter what I did, I always felt like an outcast. I have always felt inherently different to my peers and family and often felt like a goat in a world of sheep. However, like many other autistic women, I buried those feelings so deep within me that I would only catch a glimpse of them during a meltdown and spent all of my time and energy masking my authenticity and my needs so that I could feel ‘normal’ for even a few minutes a day. I already felt alienated gr ..read more
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What Makes Up a Life?
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by Natalie Forrest
1M ago
Photo by Florian Klauer on Unsplash I keep waiting to wake up one day as a completely different person. I never realized before how much my desire for this to happen sustained me every single moment of my life up to this point. Deep down, subconsciously, I must have known that this was a magical impossibility, but it was the one hope that kept me going. My reason to let myself go to sleep at night, because if I had been really good or if I was really lucky, I might just wake up the next morning as a totally and completely different person. Someone smarter. Someone more capable. Someone wh ..read more
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9 Stupid Reasons Why People Don’t Recognise That I’m Autistic
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by Shamiha Said
1M ago
Why no one wants to believe I’m autistic Image created on Canva by author. One of the hardest things about realising that I’m autistic in adulthood is that many people around me don’t want to believe that I’m autistic or accept that I have additional needs because I am on the spectrum. This goes a step further when the majority of the research and media representation historically has centred around white boys who either are geniuses or are non-verbal with much higher support needs. Consequentially, many autistic women and girls have fallen through the cracks and are struggling with ..read more
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Autistics Say It Straight II: Swim with Sharks…? LONG Office Politics Recovery
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by johnnyprofane1
1M ago
Imagine, if you will, an average business lunch. A new circle of Dante’s Hell… Biggest Freaking NGO on the Planet” by Johnny Profane Au. Digital tools included AI. In Part I, “What I Need to Collaborate,” we took a deep dive... into the sensory challenges neurodivergent professionals face in the workplace. In Part II, we surveil the social battlefield. With a Big Ending. Special challenges neurodivergents might face as volunteers for nonprofits. Even allies. But, now? Now it’s time to face the sharks. In the office feeding tank… High stakes. Hidden agendas. Emotional landmines ..read more
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Let's Talk PDA... Again
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by johnnyprofane1
1M ago
I've been writing a bit about Pathological Demand Avoidance ( #PDA ). A controversial #Autism sub-diagnosis. I'd like to continue chatting with you along these lines... Got a YouTube message this morning. That got me thinking. I love that! So. I responded... #ActuallyAutistic #Neurodivergent #MentalHealth #Psychology Here's my original video rant: https://www.youtube.com/shorts/9UzSXldWn-M A commenter points out that the profile fits her. And it gives both her and her teenager comfort. My response: My friend, I don't mean to argue there isn't a profile there to be discovered and rese ..read more
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7 Toxic Reasons Autistic Women Are Misdiagnosed With BPD
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by Shamiha Said
1M ago
We are not unstable and ‘crazy’; we are actually autistic! Image created on Canva By Author (Shamiha Said). Research has found that undiagnosed autistic women may be diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD), often based on a history of self-harm and co-occurring mental health difficulties. Several traits of borderline personality disorder could be confused with autistic traits in women, particularly those of us who have experienced autistic trauma. Like many other autistic women, I was almost misdiagnosed with borderline personality disorder when I was 19 years old. I had ..read more
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Autistics Say It Straight I: What I NEED to Collaborate with You
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by johnnyprofane1
1M ago
Help Us Navigate Workplace Chaos Using Our Neurodivergent Strengths “With Your Office Door Open,” digital tableau by Johnny Profane Âû. Digital tools used include AI.Too-Long;Didn’t-Read Neurodivergent professionals may struggle with sensory and social overload in the workplace. We can support them. How? Clear expectations and structured environments are essential for autistic productivity. Simple practices help. Which? Understanding individual needs can transform workplace dynamics for neurodivergents. Ideas. Let’s talk about autistic professionals… In a work or client settin ..read more
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