Hi, I've recently - finally - got my Asperger diagnosis, preceded by an ADHD diagnosis. I'm in my 60s, and was misdiagnosed many years ago as bipolar, and had an even earlier label as a (gifted) child of being 'maladjusted'! I've since discovered that many autistic children were given this label, as child psychology was then in its infancy. Other than psychotic or schizophrenic, there were no diagnoses for children's mental health issues. My life has not been easy, and athough this diagnosis has been very welcome and has answered many questions, it's very hard for me to find anybody who can understand me and the difficulties I face. I've tried counselling a couple of times, but found that most professionals know nothing about autism other than basics like binary thinking and so find it hard to understand my (logical) take on everything. It would be great to hear back from anyone else who is in a similar situation, and to know that I'm not alone.
Martian Tom said:ergo their entire focus is on bringing us back into the Neurotypical model as much as they can force us to.
Those words ring true from my experience too. Not just professionals but others have blackmailed and coerced me to try and "fix" me. I believe many people think poor behaviour by especially children can be fixed by humiliation techniques and I say that because a special needs teacher told me so.
I might pick your brains on the meds at some point in the future but it is probably something best done in PMs (Private messages).
I have had lots of CBT over the years both before and after I was diagnosed and it does help to a limited extent but I think it has to be more tailored to our conditions and probably also available for a far longer period - when I am depressed I am depressed for months if not years not 6 weeks.
I find tai chi very useful for my ASC/Asperger's and am currently self-medicating both them and my bipolar with a combination of tai chi and meditation. Perhaps tai chi could get your stress levels down low enough that you can start meditating again although it can be a form of meditation in its own right. If tai chi is not your thing exercise of any sort - it does not have to be going to the gym - is very good at reducing stress levels.
I have no experience of CBD oil, do not know what it is and would probably be instinctively reluctant to try it.
I forgot to say I also do some chanting which helps.
If you can't or don't want to do that try singing.
Hi, my husband of 53 yrs is now in his 18th year of prostate cancer that spread almost immediately from the first surgery. He has had
years of treatments and never reached "remission" rather slow growth to tissue and bones. He has had no treatment since Aug.of 2017
and is doing OK. My query is are there any studies relating autism (which he has) and differing responses to diseases such as
cancer? I do realize that there are many, many different dimensions of autism and cancer. However, his story is quite amazing
to me and to him.
It might be a good idea to post this question as a separate thread - perhaps in 'Health and Wellbeing'. More people are likely to see it that way, and you should get a better response.