So I found @mike through Twitter when he made his podcast about being #autistic. I listened to it and it meant a lot to me because I have come to believe that I am autistic. I follow a lot of really awesome Autistic advocates on Twitter now and I see so much of myself in them, but I'm afraid to comment because I probably should actually talk to people I know in real life about it first instead of just coming out as autistic online. But I don't know how to do that and I really need the community
@Laura_I @mike count me as an autism ally! Hooray for neurodiversity! I could recommend so many awesome videos of amazing people advocating for themself and their awesome brains. Here are 2 but there is so much more.
@sim1 @mike Yeah it took me a while to get to the point where I'm pretty sure. That's part of why I didn't tell anyone, I didn't want to be wrong. But I think college has exacerbated some things for me that made it more clear. One day I looked at the diagnostic criteria and was like yeah that's me. Autistic advocates will tell you it's definitely a spectrum. There is no one thing that being autistic means. Some can make eye contact and some can't. Some are verbal and some aren't, etc.
@sim1 have you taken the “Aspie Quiz”? I’ve found that test to be pretty helpful. Of course no online test is perfect, but I’ve seen a lot of NT people score super NT, and only ADHD/Autistic people score ND.
@Allison just tried it. I got 118/200 ND and 91/200 NT. Says I have some traits of both. Not sure what that means for me, though. Does that likely put me on the edge of the spectrum? I wasn't sure how to answer many of the questions, I'm often not good at that sort of self-reflection.
@sim1 I don’t know, but I would think it would at least say there is a real possibility you are on the spectrum. But that’s up to you and/or a psychologist to figure out. I ended up seeing a psychologist and paying by the hour to get diagnosed. It was a lot of money, but it helped me settle the important question that kept me up at night for months.
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