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Hi, my name is TraceB62. I'm here because I'm 61 and still struggling with the mental anguish I lived through as a child. My father was very verbally abusive. I also have a 23 year old son with Asperger's. He's highly functional and is extremely intelligent. But, I see so much of me in him and I worry that my awful upbringing and my anxieties have complicated his already difficult life. I am so fortunate to have a wonderful husband of 32 years and he's extremely supportive for both of us. I know it's hard on him too.

I was fortunate that my father passed away when I was 15. That changed my life and the lives of my whole family. But, I still suffer from NO self esteem, anxiety and self doubt. No matter how much my husband and I try to be a positive support for our son, he lacks the same self esteem and self doubt as I do. I was hoping to break the chain and raise a 'normally adjusted', person. He has such a mountain to climb...

#MightyTogether #Anxiety #Depression #Migraine

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Hi, my name is DitzyBarbieGenius1. I've been diagnosed with
Female AuDHD (Autism (Level 1 - Aspergers) and ADHD (predominantly ADD) together with severe Periodic Limb Movement Disorder (PLMD) which kind of sucks.
#MightyTogether #AutismSpectrumDisorder #Migraine #Anxiety #PTSD #ADHD #EatingDisorder

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Good afternoon
I'm in a toxic friendship. We're both Christians. This "friend* was fine at first but has since become very controlling!! She has Aspergers and says I'm autistic too. It's got so bad that I've been advised to go no contact which is difficult for me. But whenever I meet her I feel suicidal afterwards. I've tried talking to her about things but it doesn't work. Today someone was singing her praises to me and immediately my hackles rose , my stomach went into knots and I felt resentful. Is this a normal reaction? I pray to God about it. She's completely nice and normal with other peope but not with me. She's horrible. She called me the most selfish and cruel person ever for keeping my elderly cat alive, even though she's still eating, purring etc.
Thanks for being here. The photo is the view from my kitchen window.

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Hi, my name is July62013. I'm here seeking guidance for others who live with or care for a young adult with high-functioning ASD or Asperger's


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Problems with the terms high functioning and low functioning to describe autism

Problems with the terms high functioning and low functioning to describe autism

When you use those terms you are subconsciously creating a caste type hierarchy/system where the people labeled as high functioning get better treatment and more opportunities than those who are labeled as solely autistic or are labeled low functioning, leading to the Matthew effect.

I've noticed that it has come to the point where almost everyone who is verbal claims they are high functioning because they see the people who have the labels of high functioning and Aspergers getting preferential treatment as mentioned a few sentences earlier.

There is no universal consensus of what should be considered high functioning as of today: as people like Temple Grandin (who was labeled as severe during childhood) have achieved more than some people who were labeled as mild during childhood yet never had any motivation to go to a university or trade school.

A few years ago I saw a video of Edward Snowden saying something along the lines of high functioning should be used to describe people like the "MIT whiz kids" as opposed to everyone that's not intellectually challenged, those who can hold a steady job, and those who can hold a conversation--thus showing that there is such a spectrum when it comes to people showing their strengths and masking their flaws.

#Autism #Aspergers #Ableism #Masking #highfunctioning

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Women with Late Diagnosis?

Any women here with a late/adult diagnosis of ASD? I’d love to chat about your experience. My daughter was just diagnosed and, after spending hours and hours diving down a research rabbit hole on the topic, I believe I may have it and it has been an emotional and validating revelation. I’d especially love to talk to anyone who has masked with people pleasing!
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