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    I'm struggling to come to terms with myself right now
    #AutismAcceptance #Depression

    I don't expect many people to see this. I'm not putting a bunch of hashtags on this post. This is a personal journal entry of sorts.

    Where do I start? After 22 years of living, and struggling to live, I find out I have level 2 autism. Wow. I mean, how do I come to terms with that? I can't lead a normal life. And that's all I ever wanted. My life feels like a dead end. Easy things for others feels so hard for me. I'm burnt out. Tired. Unable to work—to handle pressure. It's not even my fault that I have this handicap, that's the thing. I didn't choose this.

    I have a good home, and parents that love and support me. I have it good. It's just, I want to be able to be independent. I don't want to be a liability—to just live off SSI. I want to make my parents proud, but mostly, I want to be able to make myself proud. I need to be able to get up in the morning and look in the mirror and feel confident in myself and my abilities.

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    Hi I was after some help. I’m wondering how people in the UK get diagnosed with autism by other ways than the NHS. There’s been a mistake with my referral and it has not been done apparently according to my mental health worker so I’m having to go through the referral again which is a 3 year waiting list. Iv been diagnosed with various mental health problems over the years and the last few months I have been exploring the possibility of being on the spectrum with my therapist and mental health worker. Being autistic makes so much more sence to me and how iv been all my life. I’m 34 and a self diagnosis seems to have just clicked with me and explained so much especially the sensory stuff and iv realised iv been “masking” for years. I did a few online tests yesterday and scored extremely high on all of them. I don’t want to have to pay loads to get diagnosed privatley but I’m hoping a diagnosis will open up a new world to me and a way of coping with life. Thank you for reading my comment. #AdultDiagnosis #Autism

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    It took awhile

    So I got diagnosed with ASD in my early 40s….it took awhile to get use to it….well ok so I knew all my life and that I was different to a people in life. It so made sense the diagnosis just accepting it for some reason too awhile. #Autism #AutismAcceptance

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    World Autism Awareness Day

    <p>World Autism Awareness Day</p>
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    A different way of expressing yourself by the way a question is asked

    <p>A different way of expressing yourself by the way a question is asked</p>
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    Why don't antidepressants and therapy work for me and my depression? Is it something else, C-PTSD or Autism?

    I have lived all of my 64 years (that I can remember) being depressed. I didn't know what it was until my 20s, and read a book called REALITY THERAPY which described my symptoms very well, and offered me hope for the first time. I started therapy soon after, but living with depression ever since.

    I have been in regular therapy since that time, and have had a wide variety of therapists, and a wide variety of antidepressants in those years. I'm currently on Effexor XR 300mg per day, and have been for over 10 years. It seems to have worked better for me than others I had in the previous years.

    Still, the best that I ever feel is what I think 'normal' people feel when they say they're depressed. I call it "neutral", although when I'm questioned by a therapist or doctor, they classify it as 'depressed'. For me, that "neutral" state feels like a huge relief, and a time to freely exhale, and otherwise let my body loose, and to relax. But like I said, the doctors say that I am still depressed then, just not as much as I usually am.

    Twenty years ago, a new doctor told me that the reason I wasn't getting better was because I was misdiagnosed, and he diagnosed me with Bipolar type 2. I started on Depakote as a mood stabilizer, and stayed on antidepressants as well. Then came a diagnosis of ADHD, and I have been on Ritalin ever since. I spent decades on the combination and still fought depression every step of the way.

    Last year I was switched from Depakote to Lithium, at a high dose, and because doctors didn't check my blood levels each month, I ended up with severe Lithium toxicity, and near death. I was taken to a hospital with a Trauma Center a hundred miles away, and spent the next week there hooked to three IVs, and constant medical attention. I'm still recuperating at home.

    My current psychiatrist doesn't agree with the previous Bipolar 2 diagnosis, but thinks it may be something else. C-PTSD seems to fit in a myriad of ways with me. But now I am wondering if even some level of Autism fits with me. It's hard for me to tell what might be actual symptoms that I have, and what might just be coincidences.

    If my depression is not coming from 'depression', per sé, but is coming from C-PTSD or Autism, would that explain why the antidepressants and talk therapy over the years have never truly gotten rid of it? Or does it not make any difference, and I'm just whistling in some dark alley somewhere? I don't really have much hope any more that things can ever get any better. ♧

    #Depression #ChronicDepression #Bipolar2Disorder #ADHD #Effexor #lithiumtoxicity #lithium #Misdiagnosed #BipolarDisorder #neurodiverse #MajorDepressiveDisorder #Depression #SocialAnxiety #AdultDiagnosis #AutismDiagnosis #BipolarDisorderDiagnosis #Autism #UndiagnosedAutism #TheNationalAutisticSociety #AutismAcceptance #Anxiety #PTSD #CPTSD #PTSDSupportAndRecovery #ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder #Selfdiagnoses

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    Chronic Pain Management for Autistic Adults

    <p>Chronic Pain Management for Autistic Adults</p>
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    Autism can be overwhelming on a daily basis. Our minds have 1,000 plus things going on in our heads.

    For me I have so many ideas that it gets overwhelming. One way to help myself to keep a level head is to keep a digital to do list.

    I know some people like paper but paper overwhelms me because it gets messy and it just stacks up.