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    Stimming with anxiety, ptsd, sensory overload

    I know that many people associate stimming with autism; however I’ve been struggling really bad lately due to severe anxiety and ptsd. I will rock back and forth, flap my hands and sometimes go non-verbal #SelectiveMutism I’m trying to learn ways to cope, but it’s really hard. Anything help any of y’all with this issue?
    #Stimming #Autism #Anxiety #PTSD

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    Does anyone know who does AUTISM assessments for ADULTS in western NC, or east TN, or southwest VA?

    Hi. I am seriously interested in getting an assessment for ‘Autism,’ or ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder’ for Adults. I am over 60, and I don't need it to qualify for any kind of help or benefits at my age. I just need to know, so I can answer a thousand personal questions about myself. It's for my peace of mind, but it also has the advantage of being useful family medical information that I can pass along to my kids and grandkids.

    I have a ton of different diagnoses from as many doctors and therapists from over the course of my life. So many of these diagnoses have some of the same symptoms, and so many of the diagnoses seem to battle with others for ‘dominance’, that I don't know what to believe anymore. One doctor will say he's certain I have one thing, and five years later another will say he doesn't agree, and says it's something different. Meanwhile, both of them put me on medications for those things, and the second one is basically telling me I just wasted 5 years of prescriptions and therapy designed for the first thing. Not once, not twice, but many, many times I have gone through this.

    Because of all of that, I currently have a bushel of diagnoses that are supposedly correct and current, and a ton of prescriptions to go along with them. And I don't have the confidence that any of them are correct, like I so easily assumed when I was younger. Do you see my frustration?

    From my reading in the last few months, I have seen my traits (i.e. symptoms) and my thought patterns and thought processes turn up time and again under the detailed descriptions of Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorder. If that were found to be true, it would settle my mind, and it would give me something that I lost long ago, and assumed I would never see again: Hope. It would make such a difference if I could be able to focus on one true diagnosis instead of a jillion competing diagnoses. I could work on learning coping skills and workarounds for one thing. One.

    So, I need to find a doctor or a therapist who assesses for ‘Autism’ or ‘Autism Spectrum Disorder’ IN ADULTS  in the:
    1.               western half of NC, or
    2.               southwest area of VA, or
    3.               eastern part of TN.
    (A little outside of those areas could work, too, if they are good.) ***I have been told that “the MIGDAS-2 assessment” works better for those of us who have been masking for many years. What are your thoughts?

    I do appreciate you reading this far. I know that it was long. If you can help me find someone, please let me know. Thank you for your time.  I wish you Peace, and Joy, and excellent Health.  ♧


    #Autism #Depression #Anxiety #PathologicalDemandAvoidanceSyndrome
    #ReactiveAttachmentDisorder #SocialAnxiety
    #MajorDepressiveDisorder
    #Bipolar2Disorder
    #BipolarDepression #TreatmentresistantDepression #CombinedPresentationADHD #ADHD #AspergersSyndrome #AutisticAdults #Autistic
    #Hypervigilance #Hyperfocus #silent #EyeContact #Stimming #Suicide #PTSD #CPTSD #ComplexPosttraumaticStressDisorder
    #BodyFocusedRepetitiveBehaviors #BFRBAwarenessWeek #Parentification #Abuse #neglect #Insomnia #DermatiIlomania

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    Tics vs. compulsions vs. stimming

    Ok… so these three are all muddled up for me. I think I know how to tell the difference between tics and compulsions—although the compulsions are so automatic they feel like tiks. But I was told that if it is preceded by an obsession that it’s a compulsion not a tik.

    Now I’m wondering about stimming. I thought this was just an autism thing but now I’m learning it’s other disorders, too. I suppressed the stimming because I thought it was compulsions—which it very well may be compulsions or even tiks for all I know. 😅😅😅

    But I heard stimming is okay because it’s just releasing anxiety. But I’m afraid I’m confusing stimming with compulsions and that allowing myself to do it is going to make my OCD worse.

    I have nearly reached the point where I Can fully manage the OCD without médication, although I still struggle after high stress events. But I don’t want to accidentally backslide.

    Can anyone help to clarify these things and how to identity the difference between them and how to manage them? I also have PTSD if that matters. #tics #Stimming #compulsions #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #PTSD

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    Repetitive HUMMING while watching movies and TV?

    Whenever I am watching TV or movies, anything except comedy, I continually hum, and have done so all my life. Sometimes I hum an actual tune, but in the vast majority of the time, I hum  just 2 or 3 random notes, which I will repeat for really long periods of time. Sometimes it is in unison with a main note in the background music, or a harmony,  but most times the notes have nothing to do with the music soundtrack. As you can imagine, it distracts and irritates other people to varying degrees. My solution, since I haven't been able to stop it, is just to watch alone. If you still don't understand what I am talking about, imagine sitting next to someone humming the cello notes to the theme from JAWS while you are trying to concentrate on an episode of The Gilmore Girls, or Dateline, or Law & Order.  I've done this my whole life, and it soothes me while at the same time it embarrasses me because I can't stop without starting up again a couple of minutes later, usually unbeknownst to me. I'm not actually looking for a cure for this. I just want to know if I am the only one, and does anybody know why I might do it, or where it comes from? Thanks for your time. Peace.♧

    #Humming #ADHD #CPTSD #DistractMe #Anxiety #hums #BipolarDisorder #Bipolar2Disorder #GeneralizedAnxietyDisorder #Autism #Aspergers #PervasiveDevelopmentalDisorders #ASD #AutismSpectrumDisorders #Stimming #stim #BodyFocusedRepetitiveBehaviors #BFRBAwarenessWeek #ADHD #CombinedPresentationADHD #noise #Music #Selfsoothing #Soothing #Calming #Depression #neurodiverse #neurodivergent #distraction #ObsessiveCompulsiveDisorder #obsess #obssess #Singing #ThroatSinging #noise #Movies #TV #Drama #Fidgety #restless    #DisruptiveImpulseControlAndConductDisorders #impulsive #compulsion #Habit #habitual #Misophonia #

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    A different way of expressing yourself by the way a question is asked

    If you have an autistic child instead of asking them how was their day try asking them how did people make them feel, when I was a child in school a teacher choked me I didn’t know it was wrong but I knew I didn’t like how it made me feel if my friend didn’t tell my dad my parents wouldn’t have known

    This may not help everyone depending on the child & how they communicate their feelings but hopefully it can help someone me myself didn’t know right from wrong #Autism #Autistic #AutismAwareness #AutismAcceptance #Sensory #Stimming

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    #Stimming with my twisty pet

    Twisty Petz make great stim toys, or so I've found.

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    Comfort items to calm anxiety

    I was browsing the Internet and found this article online about people using soft items (blankets, stuffed animals) to calm anxiety. I found it really intersting as I also find that snuggle up with a warm towel straight out of the dryer really calms me down when I am feeling anxious.

    Here is the article if anyone wants to check it out: www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.buzzfeednews.com/amphtml/sallytam...

    #CheckInWithMe
    #Anxiety
    #CerebralPalsy
    #Autism
    #Stimming

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    #CheckInWithMe #Disability #Autism #Stimming

    COMIC STRIP
    A Day in the Life of a PWD (Person With a Disability)

    Frame 1:
    An Autistic man is working at a table with another man and a woman. The Autistic man is stimming.
    WOMAN: Would you stop that?! It's annoying!

    Frame 2:
    Uncomfortable, he stops stimming. The other man also feels uncomfortable.
    Deep in thought, the woman begins tapping her pencil on the table.

    Frame 3:
    MAN (to woman): Would you stop that?! It's annoying!