The life and death(?) of a special interest: navigating fluctuating autistic ability, passion and motivation

  Preamble Back in June/July I started what was meant to be a 3-part series on my autistic burnout/mental health episode. I wrote two posts back then, but it’s taken me until now, November, to write the third and final instalment (which by now has actually morphed into a fourth instalment too). Whilst I don’t think … Continue reading The life and death(?) of a special interest: navigating fluctuating autistic ability, passion and motivation

Finding Autistic friends online and off

  I’m feeling significantly better than last week. Partly because I did some of the ‘feel better’ strategies I listed in the previous post (seeing a friend, and going on a day out away from my usual environment was especially helpful), and partly just because the passage of time is a healing thing. Still, I unfortunately in no … Continue reading Finding Autistic friends online and off

I’ve stopped: On feeling bad (+ some tips for feeling better again)

This is basically a post about me complaining and feeling a bit sorry for myself. It isn’t a very hopeful or happy vibe (so perhaps I should include a TW for depression and general feeling bad). I do, however, try to identify the source of my problems and decided to list some strategies that might help towards … Continue reading I’ve stopped: On feeling bad (+ some tips for feeling better again)

Processing emotions post diagnosis (part 2)

PROCESSING AN AUTISM DIAGNOSIS: A road map for overcoming negative thoughts/emotions and focusing on the positive / Negative thoughts & emotions / 1 - Stigma of autism in society 2 - The reality of many negatives associated with autism 3 - Worry about negative perceptions from others. Possible negative reactions to disclosure. 4 - Sadness at … Continue reading Processing emotions post diagnosis (part 2)

Processing emotions post diagnosis (part 1)

An autism diagnosis (as well as the often ongoing process of disclosing and witnessing other people’s reactions) can play on your mind and heart in innumerable ways, giving rise to a whole host of often mixed and confusing thoughts and emotions. One of the biggest things I struggled with post diagnosis was trying to make … Continue reading Processing emotions post diagnosis (part 1)