Flourishing After Diagnosis

I was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder 4 and a half years ago. Before then, I waffled between prizing my individualism and feeling like I’d been born especially broken. What’s more, when I didn’t know that I was autistic, I thought my state of being broken (by neurotypical standards) was unchangeable. This all changed for […]

After ASD Diagnosis

So, you’ve come across ASD and discover that it may fit you. Then, you’re officially diagnosed! What’s next? There are many paths to take, and each path is unique to an autistic individual’s own needs. First and foremost, no path is easy and effortless. Time, energy, and sacrifice go into moving forward with an autism […]

ASD and BPD

Many autistic adults have been (pre-ASD diagnosis) misdiagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). On the other hand, there are autistic individuals living with BPD and ASD. I’m not a licensed professional, but by request, I’m writing this tip on some of the overlapping symptoms of BPD and ASD. My hope is, for autistic people wondering […]

Parents

Sometimes, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. While scientific studies have still been unable to conclude the causes for autism, we do know that many autistic people have one autistic parent. In fact, sometimes having a child on the spectrum leads a parent to receive a diagnosis! But what do we do when […]

Finding a Psychiatrist

Many self-diagnosed autistics are seeking qualified psychiatrists for a professional perspective. This process can be rewarding and relieving at its best, but discouraging and expensive at its worst. Here are a few tips for moving toward finding a qualified psychiatrist:1) Ask questions over the phone or through email. Psychiatrists are often self-promoted or self-employed. They […]

Alexithymia

Are you feeling something right now? Or do you have no idea what you’re feeling? Autistic individuals often find it challenging to recognize our emotions. Some might even be diagnosed with alexithymia, which is a broad term that addresses difficulties with emotional self-awareness, as well as struggles with communicating those emotions to others. In times […]