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    I was diagnosed with Autism

    when I was around twelve years old, and it has actually gotten worse. I don't do well with socializing, engage on odd behaviors and other things.
    LokiofSassgard LokiofSassgard 22-25, F 2 Responses Dec 18, 2013

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    Happy Saint Juniper'S Day! By Kirk Anderson

    I was talking to Jenny M today and telling her about Saint (or Brother) Juniper. He was a 13th century Franciscan friar who may have had autism. We thought he'd make a great patron saint of autism, and wondered if learning about him on his feast day (29th Jan) would be an...
    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F Jan 29, 2013

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    I am autistic n it was noticeable

    since I was a kid but I never realized that I am until recently. No one told me that I have it but it makes sense that I do when I look back through my life. I went to ESL and had to take finals in another room with other people. I have trouble comprehending academic...
    jose51 jose51 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 10

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    LOCKED In Toilets Twice

    I WAS IN TOWN, NEEDED THE LADIES LOOS, SO I WENT IN, WHEN WAS IN THERE I HEARD SOMEBODY SAYING"IS THERE ANYBODY IN THERE" I THOUGHT IF I WAS QUICK I WOULD GET OUT BEFORE ANYBODY LOCKS ME IN, I CAME OUT OF THE CUBICAL FOUND I COULD NOT OPEN THE DOOR TO COME OUT, I KEPT...
    DOLPHINTRACEY DOLPHINTRACEY 46-50, F 7 Responses Aug 23, 2009

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    The Genius Zone

    Apparently (which means I haven’t checked my facts) Einstein used to sit in a stool with a spoon in his hand and wait until he had dosed off. When his hand relaxed, the spoon would drop and he’d jerk awake. But he’d be between the states of consciousness and...
    TheNakedPoet TheNakedPoet 41-45, M 3 Responses Jul 18, 2013

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    Lost My Parents And Worried In A Big Shop

    Last Sunday my Brother, Sister-in-law, Niece, parents, and me went to a big shop that sells nearly everything, I had a meal, then we all went to where the sweets were, I thought I had time to look at the chocolates, when I took my eyes of the dark chocolates that I wanted to buy...
    DOLPHINTRACEY DOLPHINTRACEY 46-50, F 3 Responses Jan 27, 2010

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    People Just Don`t Get It

    i am not trying to be rude. i can`t look people in the eye,i hate loud places.i freeae up around people i never met.and i panic around a large groups of people.so ,i stay home a lot. i don`t have many freinds.i do have my dogs that keep me company.i hate strange places.i freak...
    ghostofmyself ghostofmyself 36-40 3 Responses Mar 31, 2009

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    THINGS I Do, That I Don't Think Is Rude, But Others Do.

    I DON'T ALWAYS ANSWER PEOPLE STRAIGHT AWAY, I AM BETTER THAN I USE TO BE, IF YOU CANNOT THINK OF THE ANSWER STRAIGHT AWAY, YOU COULD SAY"I WILL HAVE A THINK ABOUT IT TELL YOU LATER" OR "SORRY BUT I DON'T KNOW" INSTEAD OF KEEPING THE PERSON WAITING...
    DOLPHINTRACEY DOLPHINTRACEY 46-50, F 15 Responses Aug 24, 2009

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    What I feel I can't describe.

    I can't express it which is usually the case. Maybe because I'm autistic. I feel lonely I guess but that's not all. It's not that there isn't an abundance of people around because there is. It's that there seems to be an invisible wall between us. If they see past my exterior...
    NotApplicable NotApplicable 22-25, F Jul 2

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    Was I rude?

    I'm on a website called Couchsurfing. Anyone who wants to see me just has to follow this link - https://www.couchsurfing.org/profile.html?id=8A0E6RP Anyway, a couple of days ago I got a request.  I've edited nothing but the person's name, because I think that's fair -C.O. 20...
    TheNakedPoet TheNakedPoet 41-45, M 2 Responses Oct 21, 2013

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    Stop Trying To Be Normal, Lol

    I found the way to dealing with my Asperger's Syndrome so late in life is to stop trying to mask it. It's part of who I am and by presenting a "normal" face, I'm not being true to myself. Granted I have many issues and challenges, but I've come a LONG way by myself and without...
    RComplex RComplex 26-30, M 1 Response Dec 1, 2013

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    Can't Win With A Smile Or Without

    About 10 or 20 years ago my parents tried very hard to try and stop me smiling when I was walking any where, because it was funny today when I was in town looking for my last christmas shopping, I was concentrating quite hard, then I bumped into a man that said"smile, it's...
    DOLPHINTRACEY DOLPHINTRACEY 46-50, F 6 Responses Dec 24, 2010

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    I do have autism. I used to call it social

    anxiety, but that's just wrong. It's not that I'm shy or afraid. It's that I can't and don't know how to communicate really. I used to do that because people would typically think I'm retarded or some stupid thing because of it and would give me the same kind of pity tone they...
    ThatOtherGuy17 ThatOtherGuy17 16-17, M 7 Responses Feb 1

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    It Shouldn't Be A Label:

    If you saw me in person, I don't think that you'd be able to tell. But even if you did, it would still be a shock. I was diagnosed with Autism when I was around three and life was a bit of a challenge. I have trouble with social cues. Making friends has always been tough for me...
    SapphireTheatreHeart SapphireTheatreHeart 16-17, F Aug 2, 2013

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    I went to Greenock on Saturday evening.

    The plan was to have a few drinks with my cousin, see his kids and generally have a bit of a laugh. The kids were going to spend the night at their granddad's place, so after seeing them again, we were going to have complete peace. I was even going to be able to sleep in one...
    TheNakedPoet TheNakedPoet 41-45, M 1 Response Apr 16

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    I Am Autistic And Proud Of It.

    Autism Speaks does not speak for me. Autism is just a different way of thinking. It doesn't need a cure just because some neurotypicals don't want to put forth the effort to learn how to communicate with us better. Yeah, I'm autistic, and if I'm inconvenient to your narrow-minded...
    ChuckieBear ChuckieBear 22-25, M 1 Response Oct 13, 2013

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    Study: Autistic Children Have More Brain Cells

    There’s growing evidence that the brains of autistic children are very different from the brains of other youngsters. Now a new study that found an excess of brain cells in children with autism comes closer to pinpointing the origins of the condition: in utero versus in...
    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F 3 Responses Dec 28, 2011

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    I only found this out a few months ago.

    So finding out that you are the one who is broken, not the world, is quite the revelation. Being 33 and being told that your difficult life is due to this is very strange. Ive always suspected that I was different. Mainly down to how people treat me . It's either with distance...
    30Hemm 30Hemm 31-35, M Apr 28

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    I'm not sure if I am,

    but my Doctor thinks I have asburgers (idk how to spell it)
    EmoGirl286 EmoGirl286 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 19

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    How To Support People With Autism

    Bullet points 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 8 apply to me to varying degrees. 1: When learning to do something new, I need to be explained slowly, step by step, and possibly instructions have to be written down so I can go back to them if I am stuck. This is especially important at work. 2...
    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F 6 Responses Nov 20, 2012

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    Nobody Understands How I Think

    I think of how everything works and when I don't get a definite answer I get very frustrated. I have weird habits. I hate when people think autism is a mentally disabling "disease".
    Secretsfreeme Secretsfreeme 16-17, F 4 Responses Oct 21, 2013

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    Being Me

    "If I could snap my fingers and be nonautistic, I would not because then I wouldn't be me. Autism is part of who I am." --Temple GrandinIndeed. It might not be easy being me, but I'd rather be me than someone else.
    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F 18 Responses Jan 4, 2013

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    Hey guys i'm DatsDINGO on my other account,

    i'll be using this one for stories. And DatsDINGO probably for something else.
    ScorpioShaun ScorpioShaun 13-15, M Jun 8

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    People judge me without knowing me.

    I was diagnosed officially with "severe" autism when I was five years old, though my Mum tells me that I didn't really start showing any real signs of being autistic until after I was diagnosed. It was pretty hard growing up, I had poor social, fine motor and coordination...
    Patronusmagic Patronusmagic 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 9, 2013

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    How Narrow-minded Can People Be???

    I have just seen this:"Wouldn't it be lovely if Autism only lasted for one month?"Geez. Lovely indeed. If this read "Wouldn't it be lovely if being gay/black/whatever only lasted for a month" these people would be sued. Why is it OK to write something like that about autism...
    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F 5 Responses Apr 4, 2012

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    i used to have auditory processing disorder,

    i didnt know i had it, i started smoking weed at 19, it helped me alot now im 21 and i dont have the problem any more, i understand everything and i feel soo clever. anyone else who has it, you probably feel like you cant follow directions properly, which is hard for learning in...
    blueberryhaze blueberryhaze 18-21, M Feb 18

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    Me

    im 19 yrs old and i have autism.  im trying to raise awareness about my uniqueness and to tell people stop ignorance.  well after a few password changes and all that im finally back in biz.  i refuse to take medication for my autism because i know first hand that...
    herzighart herzighart 22-25, F 16 Responses Aug 25, 2007

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    If my mother didn't seek special help

    for me, i'd be a fighter's boss, the autism was very noticable in me when i was about 9/10 years old.
    ScorpioShaun ScorpioShaun 13-15, M Jun 8

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    Challenging Stereotypes: What I Am Not

    As you may know, April is Autism Awareness Month. A lot has been done to inform and educate people about autism, but a lot of stereotypes still need to be challenged. As a person with an autistic spectrum condition – I have Asperger’s syndrome – I thought I’d share with...
    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F 6 Responses Apr 1, 2013

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    ever since i was little,

    ive always been different. i been made fun of by numerous people, including my own family. i was the kid who always rocked back and forth and never talk to anyone. i have trouble keeping up a conversation with people. i dont mind being by myself for hours on end. i remembered...
    zanityone zanityone 18-21, M 2 Responses May 17

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    I Have Hfa

    I have High Functioning Autism.  I grew up thinking that there was something terribly wrong with me, as a child.  I remembered getting yelled at, for accidentally soiling myself, a few times, after I was potty trained, between the ages four and six.  I remembered...
    Sid1977 Sid1977 31-35, F 5 Responses Jan 27, 2008

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    Flappy

    When I'm happy, the feelings are bubbling up inside my bones and veins and I need to let it out. I need to dance, clap, jump on the spot, run, or flap my hands. I am able to contain such outbursts of emotion in public... most of the time. Because I know people look at you funny...
    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F 6 Responses Nov 28, 2012

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    I'm high functioning,

    high on the spectrum, so most people don't notice. It might be the reason why I'm good at drawing, but I don't know. My sister is low functioning and can't talk. Eh. That's me
    NatashaRose NatashaRose 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 6

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    I became magically a asperger's man on April

    2013 I never had close friends... Never was loved... Never had a party at a human friends home. Never cried in front of someone . Never told someone they are hurting me. Never told anyone I was bullied until April 2013 Never walked to a stranger and made a friend . Never...
    kittyanthony kittyanthony 22-25, M 2 Responses Mar 28

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    My Experience

    With autism has been very hurtful and to this day i am still left in denial and confusion when i think of it. If you where to meet me you would'nt think i was autistic but by the time i tell people i kind of notice that they judge and act differently around me. Sometimes i feel...
    MsIndependant MsIndependant 19-21, F 7 Responses Dec 11, 2007

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    I suck at social stuff,

    get completely shut down from sensory input, and need help to live my daily life. On the other hand, I get fascinated with random subjects, and it's like falling in love. I think it all evens out in the end. After all, autism is my normal.
    chaoticidealism chaoticidealism 31-35 Feb 19

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    My ex is freaking out now.

    He doesn't even get why though because he's a repressed white dude. He tells me he loves me and calls me pet names even though I told him to stop. I told him today that I love him and I don't think it will ever stop. "Not saying that I'm trying to get back together with you." Is...
    NotApplicable NotApplicable 22-25, F 1 Response Aug 19

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    I've being diagnosed with PDD-NOS

    and ADHD, it doesn't really bother me that much, only my concentration in class is so low. Reason why i have to take my pills every morning i go to school, i still have Math homework btw. I think i'm gonna make it later
    DatsDINGO DatsDINGO 13-15, M Jun 8

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    my explanation is really unclear,

    i know, but i tried. apologies in advance. last time i wrote something about this, a heated discussion unchained, so i'm a bit cautious now. it's a complete different topic, though. during class, a friend of mine asked if he could listen to music. the teacher said he shouldn't...
    absenceofsound absenceofsound 13-15, F 2 Responses Sep 11

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    I have a diagnosis of high functioning ASD.

    I went through hell with one doctor who was completely ignorant,and we found a really good doctor...but he has resigned now and we're stuck! I really hate having to go back to the first doctor-the ignorant one...but I need a doctor. But at least I can do things I couldn't back...
    Emmaariadne Emmaariadne 16-17, F Jun 5

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    And I f***ing hate it.

    My social life is not how I wanted it to be, I have no friends. What am I supposed to do??? I wish I never had it. I bet my life would be 100000000000X better without autism.
    Scax Scax 16-17, F 3 Responses Jul 17

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    I have a form of autism called PDD

    or pervasive developmental disorder. No one would know that if I didn't tell them because it's not very prominent. People are often shocked when they find out that I have a form of autism.
    keishajo keishajo 18-21, F 3 Responses Jun 17

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    Employment

    It's fair to say that the employment figures in the UK aren't great. I got these statistics from http://autismnow.org/on-the-job/employment-research-and-reports/68% of people aged 16 to 64 without disabilities work. 24% of people with cognitive disabilities aged 16 to 64 work. In...
    TheNakedPoet TheNakedPoet 41-45, M 6 Responses Dec 3, 2012

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    I don't see what is so bad about being autistic,

    I mean teachers in my college treat me like a baby and I am just the same as everybody else, ok I have a learning disability but is that such a problem? I'm getting an A in my media subject and a C in Maths, so just because I have Autism doesn't mean I'm stupid. Nobody with any...
    Jadey156 Jadey156 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 4

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    I have Asperger's and I am not ashamed of it.

    I think people should stop being so ignorant to me and other people like me and my brother. I can not help that I have this, I never asked to not be able to understand emotion, metaphors or sarcasm to a perfect extent, or to be called "obsessed" by rotating objects. I also did...
    thedimone thedimone 13-15, F 2 Responses Jun 7

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    http://www.autismspeaks.

    org/family-services/tool-kits/100-day-kit/ten-things-every-child-autism-wishes-you-knew
    abenashayne01 abenashayne01 13-15, M May 25

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    hello hello, my names emmett

    and i am autistic, i have asperger's syndromes and i hate functioning labels, i tend to hate allistics, i suffer from ableism more than i do this disorder. my life has been very hard, people..friends, family, school staff, students, strangers have abused me in many ways...
    Emzies Emzies 18-21 2 Responses Aug 7

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    We All Have Our Scars

    Photography: G. Farquhar Model: G. Farquhar Digital editing: G. Farquhar I started First Year at Powis Academy in Aberdeen, less than a year after my little brother died. At the time, I was suffering a great deal, but had no way of expressing it – instead I bottled it all up...
    TheNakedPoet TheNakedPoet 41-45, M 2 Responses Jan 23, 2013

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    With The Love Of Everyone Around Me

    I was alone, but I didn't know that I was alone.  The other kids in the Preschool I went to after I left the Autistic one in Montana frolicked and played and communicated.  They played house.  I remember wandering around and not really seeing anyone around me.  It was like...
    Daki22 Daki22 18-21 2 Responses Sep 24, 2011

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    DancingFox DancingFox 31-35, F 4 Responses Apr 4, 2012

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    Related Experiences

    I so hate when people tese me and other like me cause we have disability it make me sooooo upset when i get tese why do people do it i go to a special school cause i can't get nom...
    ewoh ewoh 18-21, M 5 Responses Sep 9

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    My four year old was completely nonverbal til the middle of las year. Now he's beginning to put sentences together. He just hugged me and said " mommy no cry, you so beautiful...
    NakiTenshi NakiTenshi 26-30, F Sep 9

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    My mum used to think I was autistic. Because I used to be really affected by sound, slow to pick up some things, very good at playing alone. And struggled to make friends. I don't...
    lilygeorge12 lilygeorge12 22-25, F 1 Response Sep 8

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