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    The Holidays For Me As A Black Autistic Woman

    The Holidays For me As A Black Autistic Woman

    We all love the holidays don’t we? Family, food, festive gatherings, gifts etc… well me personally I hate them! Here’s why. We come together and bond over food with our family we bond over gift exchanging we bond over catching up with what those we haven seen in awhile are doing, its all love languages its all love, so how could you Hate, Love? Love can be triggering too, as a late diagnosed autistic I was and still am looked at as rude and stand offish meanwhile I’m just trying not to faint from sensory overload , yes it’s great to see family you haven’t seen in a while its beautiful they all came together, cooking for each other is a act of love but for me… seeing too many people at once especially those I’m not really used to, gives me anxiety, being forced to eat different foods made by different people ( because turning down food at a black gathering is a crime) with different taste, textures, smells, the mixture of all the different smells and seasonings because you know seasoning is important, the overload of the different range of and tones of voices all running together etc is adding to the sensory overload you are already having from the overstimulation from everyone wanting to and proceeding to hug you because there haven’t seen you in awhile, its A LOT and while it may seem harmless those that don’t understand autism and doing harm by not even attempting to learn about it I don’t fault my family or black community because a black face has never been the face of autism and a black women has definitely never been the face of autism, luckily at black family gatherings there’s a coat room you know the designated room where all the coats are in a room on someones bed ( which by the way bothers me because that’s outside clothes on a bed) but that’s besides the point, there’s a always a room with coats and occasionally a sleeping baby, but my point is its quite there and I can escape and hide there until I’m physically and mentally able to somewhat function around everyone again, to avoid being called rude or being in a bad mood or being disrespectful , black grandmothers and elders do not tolerate disrespect and what black grandmothers do you that are familiar with autism and autistic traits? Not many if their not doctors, teachers, or some other type of expert etc. so while the holidays are great for some and I love my family and relatives The Holidays for me as a Black Autistic Woman are something that I celebrate being over #Autism #Autistic #AutismAcceptance #actuallyautistic #autizzy #SensoryProcessingDisorder #SensoryOverload #Neurodiversity #neurospicy #neurodivergent

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    How Strange Am I

    When someone spits on the ground I can visualize the air bubbles in the spit before it hits the ground.

    When to many line patterns cross each other, I have a visual panic attack. I have to get away from it fast or I will have and emotional outburst.

    When I look at object for example if I zoom in on any device or object I can visualize the inside of it for example the inside of a wall, the inside of the stop light pole, the inside of a computer, the inside of a cellphone, the inside of a hollow door. The inside of a tire while it's still on the car. Under the house that is setting flat against the ground - meaning the bugs crawling around under the house burst pipelines if that was to happen. It seems cool but it sucks! Its intrusive. This is my unique but strange life.

    I have BPD, ADHD & Autistic Traits with Sensory Processing Disorder. I'm an Emotional Empath. #BPD #ADHD #Autism #SPD #empath

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    How Strange Am I

    When someone spits on the ground I can visualize the air bubbles in the spit before it hits the ground.

    When to many line patterns cross each other, I have a visual panic attack. I have to get away from it fast or I will have and emotional outburst.

    When I look at object for example if I zoom in on any device or object I can visualize the inside of it for example the inside of a wall, the inside of the stop light pole, the inside of a computer, the inside of a cellphone, the inside of a hollow door. The inside of a tire while it's still on the car. Under the house that is setting flat against the ground - meaning the bugs crawling around under the house burst pipelines if that was to happen. It seems cool but it sucks! Its intrusive. This is my unique but strange life.

    I have BPD, ADHD & Autistic Traits with Sensory Processing Disorder. I'm an Emotional Empath. #BPD #ADHD #Autism #SPD #empath

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    Sensory Processing Disorder - Issues

    If your clothes are not just right, then you have to change up sometimes up to 10 times or more before you find something that feels ok on your skin to wear all day. #SPD

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    Sensory Processing Disorder - Issues

    If your clothes are not just right, then you have to change up sometimes up to 10 times or more before you find something that feels ok on your skin to wear all day. #SPD

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    Need to shut off the world to get things done.

    With the #ADHD , #BipolarDisorder , #Anxiety and a #SensoryProcessingDisorder , I feel like I have to shut off the world ( isolate, wear earbuds) to get certain tasks done, like paperwork, clean organize my environment, or be able to go back to school. I feel like I don’t function because I’m always misplacing/losing things, feeling unable to juggle the tasks that come with “adulting”. I also have intrustive thoughts that make it hard to focus. Can anyone relate to this hell? On SDI, marginally employed, living with disabled Mother and Bro at age 37.

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    Might lose my marriage because of my sensory needs?

    Posting because there’s no one else I can talk to about this.

    My wife loves animals. Shes very empathetic towards animals, especially pets. Her dog passed away almost two years ago from old age, and she was distraught for months. Because of my illnesses and disability we can’t really take care of a dog, but we decided to get a cat last august mostly for my wife, but also so I’d have companionship during the day.

    The previous owner says she was chatty, but I didn’t realize what that would actually mean for me. This cat meows constantly, incessantly, all day, and it is sensory hell for me. I’ve told my wife it feels like someone is hammering a railroad spike into my brain.

    This sensory hell has led to several meltdowns for me (I’m autistic) which then lead to a flare up of my illnesses. In a desperate moment, I said to my wife that I don’t know how we can keep the cat with the pain her meowing causes me. It’s literal torture.

    My wife said that she didn’t want to have to choose between me and the cat, and that it would usually be a dealbreaker in her relationships. It was heartbreaking to hear that I’m on the same level as a cat for her and that I could potentially lose my relationship over something that I can’t help.

    So I’ve been dealing with that for a while, and it’s making me want to die. Not actively, but just, the dehumanization of it, and not feeling safe and secure in my home or relationship. I’ve been dissociating regularly since that conversation and whenever she’s brought it up since then.

    She does research, now, on sensory pain, not because she cares about my well-being but because “she wants to keep me and the cat”. And it’s especially gross because she’s not researching how she can make things less painful for me. She’s researching medical treatments for sensory issues, which is all kinds of problematic, and then able-splaining my SPD to me.

    The whole situation is horrible and I’m left wondering if I want to be in a relationship with someone like this, but as you guys know, even if I wanted to leave, it’s not that simple. It’s unlikely anyone else I found would be more understanding, plus she is my carer and she financially supports me. Without her I’d be homeless and destitute and without care. Plus I love her very much. Just, as a disabled person, I have to think about these things. Ugh. # autism #actuallyautistic
    #SensoryProcessingDisorder #SensoryIssues #Fibromyalgia #FunctionalNeurologicalDisorder #neurologicalpain
    #Relationships

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    Do you have clothing sensitivities or “rules” around how you wear it?

    Let me start with a little backstory on this question.

    The other night, I was getting ready for bed and I swapped from one pair of shorts to another. My partner asked why I didn’t just go to bed in the first pair I was already wearing.

    My response was simple, “those are my daytime shorts, these are my pj shorts.”

    I know they are the same material, but I seemingly had created a rule around how I wear certain pieces of clothing based on how I designated them.

    It could be the texture of the clothing, the way it fits, or how it’s designed. My brain will decide when it’s worn.

    Do you have any clothing sensitivities or “rules” around how you wear it? I’d love to know!

    #SensoryProcessingDisorder #Neurodiversity #ADHD #Autism #MentalHealth #ChronicIllness #Anxiety #Depression #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #PTSD #Fibromyalgia #Psoriasis

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