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    So, in the last month I've broken up with my girlfriend, going to be tested for autism and dyslexia. Oh, and I'm also now homeless.... ooh, I love life

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    Neurodiverse Adults zoom meetings 🧭♾

    We meet every two weeks as a group of Neurodivergent adults (including ADHD, autism, dyspraxia, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, everyone is welcome - diagnosed or self-identified)

    Wednesday June 8, 1:00 PM EDT (07:00 PM Brussels time)

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 829 7095 4687
    Passcode: 758426

    Tuesday June 21, 1:00PM EDT (07:00 PM Brussels time)

    Join Zoom Meeting

    Meeting ID: 850 4627 3028
    Passcode: 026829

    Social Media for Neurodivergent Adults and their Work / Life balance:

    #support #neurodiverseadults #navigatingneurodivergence #network #zoom #nd

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    Stay Positive And Laugh (Third & Final Part)

    TYPE 'O' (A.k.a. - "Wait... - what?")

    Don't believe anything you think you see. Just don't. You can't see-for-looking what's there, and you keep seeing what ain't.

    Double-takes and 'corner of the eye-itis' become your way of life on days like this. You experience exaggerated startle responses to your own shadow. The carpet, tile, and linoleum designs swirl and twist under your feet. Walls have a pulse. You can't judge distance, so you often miss the middle of the furniture and end up sitting on the arm of the chair or the carpet in front of the sofa. The tv screen needs constant adjustment because not one of your half-dozen pairs of prescription glasses solves the problem. Reading is out of the question for the same reason, compounded with the fact that your dyslexia runs rampant and the words keep sliding off the page. The word of the day is, 'vection' (The illusion of movement based only on visual input).

    Your cup endeth up on the floor because your hand-eye co-ordination is for shite.

    TYPE 'P' (A.k.a. - "The Lizard Brain")

    This is a very black & white sort of day - yes, the brain is working, but only on a very minimal level. Creativity, imagination, and even higher-function decision-making have all gone *Pouf* and you are left with the absolute basic, bottom-line functions. Hungry/thirsty. Sleep/wake. Hot/cold. Yes/no. Friend/fuckya. Other life-forms exist, but not as thinking, feeling entities, only as blurry shapes moving through your space and time. It is the purest and most absolute definition of "going through the motions".

    Your cup is just a small cylinder with no purpose.

    TYPE 'Q' (A.k.a. - "Sez which?")

    Aphasia reigns supreme. The overall ability to understand what is being said to you, and the ability to retrieve words from your own internal lexicon have disappeared completely. You know that people are speaking English only because it doesn't sound as harsh as German, as capricious as Japanese, as musical as Spanish, as sybilant as Gaelic, as guttural as Russian, or as sleazy as French. And as far as trying to form sentences yourself, good luck. Basically, your two choices are:

    1 - keep spouting the wrong words, making yourself sound insane, or

    2 - shut the hell up.

    On days like this, if you're very, very lucky, you will be able to describe the words you're trying to use, even as the words themselves completely elude you. Or, you may even be able to retrieve words that are vaguely similar to the words you're looking for. Either option just confuses and frightens people. Best to just pour yourself a lemonade and spend the day quietly with a jigsaw puzzle. Thine chalice bandeth upwards.

    TYPE 'R' (A.k.a. - "Fly; be free")

    Everything (and I do mean 'everything') that you try (and I do mean 'try') to pick up or hold on to, somehow develops and displays an ability of flight rivalling even the best Olympic high- and long-jumpers. With absolutely no visible means of locomotion, items leap out of your grasp and take to the air, flipping and spinning just for effect, and landing in the worst possible place with the most explosive possible results. Using both hands is a risky maneuver; it will either reduce the chances of losing control by half, or it will double the height and distance of the escaping item. Your cup, rather than running over, has crashed against the fridge on the other side of the kitchen.

    Stuff Worth Mentioning (A.k.a. - "Assorted sudden, temporary everyday episodes")

    Everything you set down topples or gets knocked over when you take your hand away.

    Everything's funny, lamentable, or maddening, even if it isn't.

    Some jackhole keeps turning the room upside-down.

    You wake up feeling hungover, without having been drunk.

    You keep tripping over the housepets. Even when they're up on chairs.

    The universe tells you to lie down or it will put you down.

    You don't dare attempt reading or writing. Or thinking.

    Two words: Mystery Bruises.

    You feel an almost physical sense of boredom, accompanied by a desperate need for input. Radio, stereo, t.v., computer. All at once.

    Swellings, rashes, bruises, eczemas, eruptions (and other pointless symptoms) appear and disappear, apropos of nothing.

    Temperature fluctuations (which put menopause to shame) hit you like volcanoes and icebergs. Also, droughts and floods occur.

    Migraines. Oh, my god. You pray for your head to just explode already.

    More additions to follow. Inevitably.


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    So i have a question, can my teacher force me to hold a presentation when I have diagnosed social anxiety? My teacher doesnt understand me when i say Im terrified of holding speeches and presentations, she is old and doesnt know much about mental illnesses and anxiety disorders. The last time i was gonna hold a speech infront of my class i had about social anxiety, i tried to hold it infront of my class but i got a panick attack as soon as i said one word infront of the class, and walked out. My teacher saw EVERYTHING. But once again she doesnt understand and tells everyone in the class that they have to hold a presentation. I dont know How many times i have told her she just doesnt understand at all. I get bad grades too because of it. In my country we have two written languages, and we have to learn the other one in school. People with dyslexia and other writing and reading problems doesnt have that subject, and gets «exemption» from it. Why cant people with anxiety disorders get an exemption from holding speeches and presentations? The school system is so god damn old it makes me so mad. What should I do? Because i would rather not have to embarrass myself infront of class again and get a panick attack like usual. #Anxiety #SocialAnxiety #Teachers

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    Don't Compare What People With Disabilities Can Do

    One of the most difficult parts of having a learning disability is often not the condition itself, but instead the reactions of others. I have had people think that if they can’t see my disability, then it doesn’t exist. The most hurtful thing, though, is when people compare me to other people with disabilities. When I was in college, a peer asked me why I couldn’t drive. When I told her that I can’t drive due to my visual perception, she responded by telling me that she knew someone who had a disability and could drive. There are people with learning disabilities who are able to drive, and there are also those who can’t. I have also had people assume that I must struggle with reading or have dyslexia because of my learning disability. When I tell them I have dyscalculia, few people are familiar with it. When I explain it’s a math disability, people compare it to their own struggles with math. I don’t know if someone truly struggles with math or has a disability, but I do know that I have a math-related disability that goes deeper than simply being “bad at math.” Another frustrating comparison is when people tell me that a person with a disability has achieved something “despite having a disability.” One of my middle-school teachers shared a story with us about a man who was paralyzed after an accident and could do many things. After sharing the story, the teacher said she didn’t want to hear us saying we couldn’t do something, because if he could do it, so could we. This teacher also denied my requests to go to my learning support teacher when I needed help on an assignment and to have tests read to me. She told me that I was becoming “too dependent” on my learning support teacher. Sadly, this was not the only example I have of being compared to another with a disability. I struggle with hand dexterity, so I’m unable to wrap gifts. I watched a video of a woman missing both of her limbs who was able to wrap Christmas presents. She said, “If I can wrap gifts, anyone can!” It still doesn’t change that no matter how hard I try, I can’t wrap gifts. My hand dexterity struggles make drawing and handwriting difficult. People have compared me to artists who didn’t have limbs and painted with brushes in their mouths. I saw a demo of an artist doing this at an art show, and he was truly talented, but I can’t paint well myself, and people shouldn’t compare me to him. I’m happy that other people with disabilities have found ways to do everyday tasks and pursue their passions. What is frustrating, though, is the idea that these happy stories can turn into “inspiration porn.” “Inspiration porn” objectifies the person with a disability and their ability. Many people get the false idea that people with disabilities can do anything. When the person with the disability can’t perform to those expectations, they are often shamed or labeled as “lazy” — even though they aren’t. Another difficult comparison is when people say that others “have it worse” or are more disabled than I am. I once struggled at a job and heard my boss tell me that another employee was “more disabled” than I was as a way to tell me to do the job better. When I couldn’t perform my job duties to their satisfaction, I was fired. I’ve also vented to peers about the frustrations of struggling in classes. People told me that other people “had it worse” and to stop complaining. This reaction hurt me because my struggles matter as much as anyone else’s. I realize that each disability brings its own challenges and joys. I also realize that all people struggle at some point in their lives. Everyone with disabilities will experience their disabilities differently — even if they have the same type of disability. What works for one person may not work for someone else. In order for me to be successful, I have to look for different ways to do things. Some things, such as math or driving, I simply can’t do. Telling me to “be grateful for what I can do” or pointing out other people who can do these things is not helpful. What is helpful is when people listen, accept, and honor not only the disability but also the person with the disability. When we compare and judge people with disabilities, we often don’t get to truly know and love them for who they are.

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    Speech Language Pathology Graduate School and Paraprofessional
    #SLP #CP #Anxiety

    Hi everyone I know I haven’t updated in quite a while. I have now graduate with my Bachelors in Communication Science and Disorders.
    I just completed my first semester of graduate school as a speech language pathology major. I am working as a paraprofessional or a special education teach assistant.

    As I reflect back on these moments. I realized struggle with time management. I also need to learn to find my voice and advocate for myself. I no in my heart of hearts I want to be an SLP and change the field for the better. I just need to prioritize myself and my studies as I go into the next school year and next semester.
    #MentalHealth #CollegeMentalHealth

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    Marginalised by society.

    <p>Marginalised by society.</p>
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    What is this thing called "Hope"? #seekingknowledge

    What is this thing called hope? Yes, this is a serious question. What frame of reference do you use to explain something to someone who has never know or seen hope? We liken the situation to finding a single Waldo in a swarm of people who all look slightly like Waldo. But none ARE Waldo.

    We are, at this point, 47 days into our 2 new Antidepressants, 21 days into our Antipsychotic and no change other than we sleep an added 1 to 2 hours a night. We are grateful for that. Our meds are increased every 2 weeks. I, since none of the other want to attend at this time, do video chat with at least 3 Doctors every week. The all tell me that hope will help us in this wait and see pattern we currently find ourselves stuck within.

    We believe that everything in our universe has a counter balance. Night has Day. These are concrete, provable, repeatable facts available to establish what distinguishes Night from Day. Where "Hope" along with, it's 1st cousins the other emotions and "feeling" are all abstract concepts not grounded by facts.

    What reference points does one use when trying to describe abstract concept of "hope" to one who has never seen or experienced it in their lifetime. How would you describe colours to a person who has never seen them? We have as little insight into what "hope" or any of the "emotions" are, at this point. What is this thing called "Hope" and where do we find it?

    #SexualAbuse #SexualAssault #Childhoodneglect #DomesticAbuse #DID #raynauds #Fibromyalgia #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #RheumatoidArthritis #DegenerativeDiscDisease #Hypertension #Trichiasis #irritableboweldisease #GeneralizedAnxietyDisorder #AnxietyDisorders #PanicAttacks #Agoraphobia #Insomnia #Rosacea #Claustrophobia #heartmurmur #ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder #Allergies #Dyslexia #OCD #Trichotillomania #cleithrophobia , #IntrusiveThoughts #SuicidalIdeation #haphephobia #EatingDisorder #MajorDepressiveDisorder #SocialPhobia #Acrophobia #Psychosis #DissociativeDisorder #audiohallucinations #visualhallucinations #intervert #raynauds

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