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    Overcoming the challenges of an autism diagnosis

    Jimmy was diagnosed with autism when he was in 3rd grade and he had much to overcome but on today’s podcast episode, he explains that most of what he needed to overcome was other people’s perceptions and treatment of him. He hated school. He was bullied by his peers and grew up feeling like an outcast but he was determined to overcome his challenges and didn’t let other people’s perceptions define him.

    Listen to today’s podcast episode to hear Jimmy talk about how he got to where he is today, thriving in college and an advocate for the autism community.

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    #Autism #Autistic #AutismDiagnosis #AutismSpectrum #MentalHealth #Bullying #mentalhealthpodcast #MentalHealthAwareness #bullyingawareness

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    #Autism #AutismAcceptance #AutismAdvocacy #AutismAwareness #AutismDiagnosis #AutismMeltdowns

    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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    BuJo spreads to prepare for autism evaluation?

    Has anyone ever used their bullet journal to help them prepare for an autism evaluation or any other mental health evaluation?

    From the sounds of everything happening in my life lately it seems that I'll finally be getting evaluated for autism (as an female adult)!! I want to be as prepared as possible and I feel like my bullet journal is a perfect way to organize that but I'm drawing a blank at spread ideas.

    What are some things I could be tracking, measuring, collecting...

    All ideas welcome!

    (photo of my old uni week spread and it's pretty colours to not get lost and give a sample of my style)

    #bujo #BulletJournal #Autism #AutismDiagnosis #MentalHealth #organization

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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. ♧


    #TreatmentresistantDepression
    #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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    Happy Holidays

    Hi everyone,
    firstly I want to start off by apologising on the low activity recently. Unfortunately due to a new additional diagnosis it led to a bit of a personal crisis of acceptance and took me a while to realise that just the diagnosis was new, I am not and with that researching in to what I could do or get to help me manage this condition both at home and at work. I started this group with hope that we together could help addressing adult autism within the workplace as a lot of information I feel is targeted towards children with autism or parents on managing and very little on adult autism and what there is in terms of workplace support, the challenges that arise and the problems we might all face, or even what support we've had that works etc. The numbers of people with autism in the workplace is not only low, but the rate of people with autism who lose their job is shockingly higher and with that a lot of those numbers were due to a lack of support or understanding which I believe strongly that by working together we can overcome these statistics by not only sharing with each other but also by highlighting issues and even overcoming them, with that and my new diagnosis, it gives me the opportunity to do so much more as one thing I enjoy doing a lot is research, even if I am my own guinea pig and a chance to share the route between new diagnosis to support and barriers. I want to wish you all the happiest of all holidays! #Autism #Workplace #AutismDiagnosis #AutismAcceptance #AspergersSyndromeAwareness #ADHD #happy Holidays

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    Pottying!

    I really need some ideas on how to get my 6 yr old son to poop in the toilet! He goes pee in it just fine. He used to be constipated all the time. I figured that was the reason but now I have fixed that problem and still can’t get him to poop in the toilet! Please any help I’m grateful for! #Autism #AutismDiagnosis #AutismSociety #ParentingAutism

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    ASD diagnosis in late life and masking

    I have recently been diagnosed with ASD at the age of 47. One of the aspects of autism what I wasn't aware of is masking. As I've travelled back in my mind I realise there are so many examples where I've got through using masking.

    I remember as a teenager I was told that I don't make eye contact. I find it really difficult and mentally draining trying to make eye contact, but end up forcing myself into it, especially when dating.

    I have also had a lot of confusion about my sexuality. At one point I came out as gay and ended up building up this whole persona based on how I thought gay men act. In the end it was too much maintaining the personality I created. I accepted that I was actually bisexual, but lean more towards women.

    When dating I try so much to be myself, though I find myself trying to act as "normal" as possible, making the whole experience exhausting.

    I am still trying to understand who I am, but with a diagnosis I can begin to understand why I am different and how to accept who I am and understand what it is to live with ASD. #ASD #AutismDiagnosis #Sexuality #Masking

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