“Hates injustice and hates to be misunderstood; this can incite anger and rage.” Just the other day, I lost my temper just because someone said they “got rid of” one of their pets. I can get very heated on debates on serious topics, so I try to stay away from debates and stick to peaceful […]
Sometimes, we chain ourselves in our own anxiety. This aspietip is a reminder to ask for help. Seeing a counselor or therapist may not fix your problems, but I believe it can help with processing and feelings of isolation.
When you find yourself comparing your life to other people with autism Remember that each individual on the spectrum is just that: an individual with their own unique symptoms, traits, strengths, and challenges. We are all one community, not competitors against each other for some unrealistic most functional award.
Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night, reliving in your mind every possible social mistake you could have made that day? When this happens to me, I pray. I also suggest deep breathing exercises, reading a book you’ve read many times, or drinking something warm while journaling. Whatever you do, try […]
If you find something you love, buy or create multiples. Having more than one of that beloved token (sunglasses, buttons, sweaters, etc.) helps ensure that you won’t be caught without that comfort item.
I hear background noise much louder than foreground noise. Coupled with the fact that I struggle to look at people when I’m sensorily overwhelmed, it can be a real struggle to hear directions during high stress moments. So far, I haven’t learned any life-saving coping skills for this, except to say, “Excuse me? I couldn’t […]
“Lately I have thought about productive ways of dealing with stress…I baked a lemon pie yesterday and a pumpkin pie today. Not good for my weight, but hey, winter is terribly depressing where I live and taking the long walks I love during the summer is torture now.” I can relate to struggling to find […]
Have you ever had a wonderful conversation, only to go home wondering about all the little, almost insignificant social mistakes you could have made? The truth is: all people, neurotypical and neurodivergent alike, make tiny social mistakes. Have you ever been annoyed in the middle of a discussion (but only for a moment)? Have you […]
We autistic people blossom under schedules and routines. Still, have you ever felt like you were wilting beneath a looming responsibility that you had scheduled for later in the day? Planning is hard for autistic people, and so is task initiation, so just the mere thought of that later engagement can give me anxiety! Whenever […]
What’s the difference between autism spectrum disorder and social anxiety disorder (SAD)? With the prevalence of autistic individuals also being diagnosed with SAD, it can be hard at times to tell the difference between the two. And what can be done when the surrounding environment (school, work, or a busy home) is setting off both […]