Matthew Weatherford

@biggmatt | contributor
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My book: Learning Empathy the Memoirs of an autistic savant I'm a former programmer sysadmin glass blower I got my nickname because I was 6'1 at 11 years old. My website is www.biggmatt.com I have autism bipolar with motor dyspaxia emotionall delayed
Katie Selby

Going to College and Earning a Degree Despite My Learning Disability

I am a person with a learning disability and a language i mpairment. Diagnosed at the age of 3, I am the only one in my family with a disability, and I received special education services throughout my school career. My goal in life is to support people with disabilities in gaining independence and becoming as successful as they can be— just like me. My areas of weakness are reading comprehension and written expression, as well as mathematics. After high school, I wasn’t expected to go on to college to earn a bachelor’s degree ­­or even an associate degree. In high school I was advised by a counselor to go into child care because I was not “college material.” My high school counselor and those who followed obviously did not know who they were dealing with! My college education started right after high school, and I spent the next 12 years working toward a Bachelor of Science d egree in the area of Rehabilitation Services Independent Living Track (supporting people with disabilities in the community). I started my educational journey by attending St. Louis Community College —Meramec, where I received an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. I then decided to further my education and take classes that would transfer to a four-year university. I had many people tell me I should quit school because they did not think I could handle it. I showed them how determined I was to obtain my Bachelor’s degree by graduating in 2011! I chose to obtain a degree in the field of Rehabilitation Services because I belong to a unique social group. This group has evolved over the past 15 years. The eleven members of our close­-knit group are unique because all of us experience a mental, physical, or educational disability. I am proud of the person I am today. Looking back, I see many factors had an impact on me as I worked to achieve my Bachelor of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Services. Most people I met along the way, especially those experiencing their own difficulties, influenced me in a positive way. My self- advocacy skills have grown over the years. Today I have the confidence to set high goals, and I know I can be successful. I have become more skilled at supporting my students and clients as they set goals, work toward their goals, and learn to advocate for themselves. I am grateful every day to be doing

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A shout out to #suicidalpeople# who made it through June

Again every one of us deserves to shout out for making it through month of June with suicidal thoughts

We're strong

#MightyTogether #SuicidalThoughts

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A shout out to #suicidalpeople# who made it through June

Again every one of us deserves to shout out for making it through month of June with suicidal thoughts

We're strong

#MightyTogether #SuicidalThoughts

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Four stabilizing questions

Answer these four questions Do you help you get a hold of yourself That's not to say it's going to solve your anxiety It's just to see where you're at

1. What exactly am I worried about?

Can't do anything or make it better I'll tell you you're exactly what your problem is.

2. How important is it?

Some things are very important but some things are it makes me answer is it's not them You're done Don't worry about it anymore

3. How likely is it?

Likely only probable are only possible.

It's not going to happen there's no reason to waste your day on it There are so many things that I worry about and there's such a small subset of those that actually do happen

4. What are you going to do about it?

The answer is nothing then you're done
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If the answer is you can't do anything until tomorrow then don't worry about it till tomorrow and I know that takes practice and I still still won't get it right every time but it helps

If you can solve the problem right now then you can be done with it right now.

#Anxiety #Depression #BipolarDisorder #MentalHealth #PanicAttacks

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Deep in thought

I got a new psychiatrist and we are working on a diagnosis again. My last one was very anti diagnoses… Anyways, I’m being screened for of course BPD but also bipolar spectrum disorder. I’m nervous because I might have both.

I can’t help but feel so broken sometimes with this, depression, anxiety, and an ED…sometimes I wonder what is wrong with me. I want a real diagnosis and to be tested, it will help me understand myself, but it’s still heavy. My meds are also really helping and sometimes that scares me, that they help me so much.

I just want to not feel broken. I know a diagnosis does not define me. But it’s still a big part of who I am. I think I’ll feel better once I get more clarity on the situation. Right now there’s a lot of “what ifs” which is stressing me out. Next Friday I’ll know more so I have to hold on until then. #BorderlinePersonalityDisorder #BipolarDisorder #EatingDisorders #GeneralizedAnxietyDisorder #ChronicDepression

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SURVIVING AND THRIVING

I have been struggling with my mental health until now. I post today because I chose to get up and face the day. That is a milestone worth celebrating. Everything I do to survive and thrive matters. I am proud of myself. #BipolarDisorder #MentalHealth #fighting

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Life sucks at times

Feeling lonely, angry, lashing out, then remorse, saying nasty things to people that care about me, not feeling part of my family, they’d be better off without me! The list goes on and it’s exhausting

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I'm new here!

Hi, my name is Sonal Bhaskaran. I'm here to help and support people to thrive after trauma, gain self-worth, find purpose and living life better. I'm also here to learn and share my journey through Complex PTSD

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