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Unread 04-20-2017, 05:51 PM   #1
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Do you like being Autism/Asperger's/PDD-NOS? Explain.
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Unread 04-21-2017, 12:25 PM   #2
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I voted yes, because it is all i know. I love how sharp my memory is, and my ability to be hyper focused on my interests. I feel I'm highly intelligent, and have a unique perspective and insight that a NT wouldn't have.

The disadvantages of course are social, including lack of understanding emotions, and always having to have a repetitive schedule. Speaking off topic continuously, and having social awkwardness are always a problem.
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I voted yes, because it is all i know. I love how sharp my memory is, and my ability to be hyper focused on my interests. I feel I'm highly intelligent, and have a unique perspective and insight that a NT wouldn't have.

The disadvantages of course are social, including lack of understanding emotions, and always having to have a repetitive schedule. Speaking off topic continuously, and having social awkwardness are always a problem.
Those are the pros of being autistic, but what you listed below are the cons-I totally agree with you. It's both good and bad to be autistic. I like having it, but don't like having it at the same time.
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When I was a kid and teen it was hard. Not that I wanted to be someone else, but yea it was hell. Now when I am middle aged, I suddenly became popular. People my age seem to really like someone being truthful, reliable, loyal, analytical and plain different. I think at that age, people get a little tired of people who are too similar, maybe too shallow and most of all, maybe not loyal and reliable. I feel weird, but my friends adore me. So far from being a bullied teen.

I take the good with the bad, the same way everyone else does. All people have strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes my weaknesses do drive me crazy but I also need to be reminded of my strengths too. One of my worst weakness is my really crappy and almost non existent sleep schedule. I hear that is common with spectrum people and people with ADD.
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I vote yes! It's all I know. I missed some experiences that my peers have had such as roller skating (lack of motor skills) or walking down the aisle or getting a valentine card from one's grandchild. But Autism has given me compensation. A special talent of my own - writing. It's something I don't have to struggle with doing as I do with social interaction or any activity heavy on motor skills.

I don't aim to be a Shakespeare or a Dickinson. Just write from my heart. It is a treasured gift that I don't believe I'd have if I didn't have my constant companion of Autism. If there was some magic bottle that could take it away, I don't think I'd take it. Not if I had to give up my compensation.
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I vote yes! It's all I know. I missed some experiences that my peers have had such as roller skating (lack of motor skills) or walking down the aisle or getting a valentine card from one's grandchild. But Autism has given me compensation. A special talent of my own - writing. It's something I don't have to struggle with doing as I do with social interaction or any activity heavy on motor skills.

I don't aim to be a Shakespeare or a Dickinson. Just write from my heart. It is a treasured gift that I don't believe I'd have if I didn't have my constant companion of Autism. If there was some magic bottle that could take it away, I don't think I'd take it. Not if I had to give up my compensation.
Couldn't have said it better myself! I write better than I speak.
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Autism for me has very bad days mixed with awesome days. I love being able to do artwork others admire. I hate being so hypersensitive to noise that I am unable to eat comfortably in a noisy restaurant. I hate having been fired for an autism breakdown after being with a company over 16 years. But I loved being the best at what I did while I was there.

Growing up without a dx made life unbearable most of the time. I hated not understanding others and not being able to join the crowds, I hated my nickname "weird Wendi" ... But I enjoyed being a teacher's pet. I enjoyed being great at science. I loved it when I knew things and the other kids who called me names asked me for homework help.

I hate having autism. But I love being ME. So I said Yes.
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I hate being over anxious and antidepressants being the only solution, but a friend of mine said so herself she hasn't come to terms with her diagnosis and that got me thinking too. If I had gotten diagnosed earlier in life, my reaction to it would've been different. I would not be over anxious or any of that stuff. Whether you are autistic or neurotypical, you could still have a great memory and be great at things and have all these sensory issues. Now I feel awkward for voting no, but too late to change my vote.
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