I’d say one of the most damaging things my ASD does to my life is my struggle to smile at/with people.
ive heard that when some people with ASD experience eye contact the flight or fight response centre in our brains is overly active compared with a neuro-typical person... making things like eye contact, smiling, listening, anxiety very difficult.
any one else?
I smile a lot, always, but in some situations i shouldn't smile but i do, i can't help it.
Whenever NT ask me why am smiling in that situation, i understand i shouldn't be smiling and i just say i smile because i'm nervous, which sometimes its not true. It's stressful. In fact i like using the mask because i don't have to struggle with face expressions.
In photos i realize i look like a retarded, or a child but i can't help it.
It's a sign of my autism, i guess.