Category Archives: Personal

Chance Encounters

This weekend my father-in-law was in the hospital again. His memory care facility thought he might have had a stroke. It turned out to be something else, but they kept him to observe his cardiac telemetry and have it reviewed by a cardiologist. Decades of work have trained my system so I tend to wake […]

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Don’t Get Stung by the Should-Bee!

I have an issue with verbal communication; sometimes my words fail me. I tried to describe the experience of “losing my words” in an earlier post when I first discovered it’s something that happens with other autistic people too. I’m not sure that I conveyed the pain and frustration associated with those experiences, though. After […]

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How Racism Really Works

In the wake of the election, in which His Fraudulency (to borrow the title bestowed on Rutherford B. Hayes) won the electoral college while losing the popular vote in dramatic fashion, I wrote a thread on twitter about racism and how it actually works. I thought it was particularly apropos since His Fraudulency ascended to […]

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The Struggle to Be

My counselor asked a question yesterday that stumped me. “If you had a magic wand, what you would want your life to be like?” Those sorts of questions have always been a challenge for me. I can imagine, even vividly imagine, all sorts of alternatives. In fact, I did that as a child, picking a […]

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What Does It Mean to Need Support?

In my final post, at least for now, on the DSM-5 autism spectrum diagnostic criteria, I wanted to touch on the other elements outside Sections A and B as well as what it means to me to need support. First, it’s important to note that Section A and B criteria can be manifested currently or […]

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Social Deficits

The Section A criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder in the DSM-5 address “persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts” and all three criteria must be present for a diagnosis. However, these criteria address broad categories that can be demonstrated in a variety of ways. Since much of what I’ll likely write […]

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Overwhelming Senses

The final criterion of Section B of the DSM V involves sensory issues. Hyper- or hypo-reactivity to sensory input or unusual interest in sensory aspects of the environment. These vary a lot from individual to individual, but I haven’t run across anyone autistic yet who doesn’t struggle with sensory input to some degree. Personally, I […]

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What makes an interest “special”?

The third Section B criterion for autism spectrum disorder in DSM V reads as follows. Highly restricted, fixated interests that are abnormal in intensity or focus. These are commonly referred to as “special interests“, which begs the question: What makes them so special? The parenthetical describes them as “excessively circumscribed or perseverative” or as a […]

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Mimicking Flexibility

This post continues my reflections on the diagnostic criteria for autism spectrum disorder from DSM V and how they relate to my own life. The second criterion in section B describes a need for routine and sameness. “Insistence on sameness, excessive adherence to routines, or ritualized patterns of verbal or nonverbal behavior.“ This criterion was […]

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Social Interactions, Misunderstanding, Stress, and Anxiety

Hopefully, anyone reading this post has developed some understanding from my earlier posts how being autistic impacts my interactions with others in both directions.┬áIn my posts of performance, I tried to walk through some of the ways, even without a specific label describing my difficulties, I was able to train myself from childhood to perform […]

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