just in the last few years, I've developed hypersensitivity when going through anxiety times. It not the senses that are hyper, but my emotions. I'm aware of Hypersensitivity disorder and not sure if that is linked to autism, but wondering if others suffer it sometimes? In my case I get quite emotional and get upset seeing, reading or hearing of violence, hurting of others- especially animals. Basically I have to avoid a lot of media when I'm like this.Actually, just reading back what I've typed, I've become much more intolerant of noise last few years too- whether a connection I don't know.
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I was reading an interesting article about empathy in people with autism. I’ll try and find it later and post the link. I might get the name wrong but I think it’s about a lack of cognitive empathy? But a real deep empathy, much stronger than other people have. So whilst we might not recognise people’s emotions or show ours in the same way, we have a much deeper empathy. I’ve noticed I’ve always struggled with sad news or seeing violence and in particular animals getting hurt to the point I’m in physical pain and can’t function properly at all. Yet if someone bursts into tears near me i often can’t work out why and will avoid them cos I don’t know what to do or say. Does that make sense? I’ll try and find the link later because it really seemed to fit and seems to fit what you’re describing.
Yes it does. Thank you for looking. Very interesting.
I think I get increased everything that’s autistic about me if I’m tired, anxious etc! What I mean is if I’m overloaded in one way I can cope less well with everything else. I usually first notice it as a ‘bad noise day’ but yes, definitely much more affected by emotional things too (and can’t multitask, deal with change etc even more than usual). I think basically it’s a case of at a certain point I stop being able to ‘mask’ aka my autism is showing! Don’t know if that seems similar for you?
yes very much so. Before the recent diagnosis, and learning about ' me' on my own, I noticed I flounder in everyday stuff when tired especially. But still in the assessment stages I was much more aware my traits were more pronounced when either tired or under pressure. When I realized this only quite recently, I'd allow the traits to do their thing- rather than hiding them.