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Some of my friends here are aware that I have been working on a Th.D. for some time now. One of the requirements is the completion of a dissertation, which I have been working on for about a year and a half. The title of on my dissertation is, “A Theological Study on the Fallacy of Denominationalism and the Modern Church.”
This thread is not for the purpose of theological or religious discussion or a debate of atheist versus believer, but rather it is to learn about the church involvement of those on the spectrum. The purpose of the poll and any noted comments through this venue is to gather data to incorporate into my dissertation, which will afford a broader range of experiences and opinions.
With my new job comes a decent income. But also dealing with working 10 hour days in a noisy factory enviroment, 4 days a week. So this is my first reward to myself for coping with my new job. This is real steam engine, burns butane gas to heat the water in the boiler to make steam. Just like the real thing but in miniature. Mike
I don't know where to even begin on this one.
My mind has been the biggest obstacle I've had to face my entire life.
I often find myself verbally arguing with my thoughts, most of the time they are always negative, and I don't really have the self esteem to try and prove them wrong.
I've always thought that I have had two different personalities as well, one being totally heartless and mean, and the other being soft and caring, although the former shines through more than the latter.
Sometimes I can just be going along with my day then out of nowhere my thoughts just start attacking me with all kinds of things, usually when it happens I stop what I'm doing and literally put my hands on my head, (I've never figured out why by the way.)
I hear all the time "You are absolutely awful, no one deserves to have you in their life." and "See? With everything that's wrong with you, you will never have a successful life, you'll just be a pathetic sap."
Sadly enough, I agree with them...
I have had problems with getting vertigo that lasts 24 hours.
Usually I wake up with it to find when I raise to get out of bed the room starts spinning very rapidly and I can't get out of bed until I sit up slowly. Even then it is difficult to walk due to the spinning sensation in my head and visual spinning of the room.
I have been to ENT doctors and neurologists over this concern.
The ENT says there is a type of vertigo called benign postural vertigo which gets worse when you move from lying to sitting and vice versa. Nothing was found wrong with my ears to indicate an inner ear problem causing this.
My neurologist has done some testing because I do have neuropathy of the feet and some movement/walking difficulties, but found nothing so far that would explain vertigo.
He told me that a build up of stress can cause this and that it is fairly common in people with Aspergers. Due to anxiety issues.
I can tell when I am about to get a round of this as the top of my head gets a...
A common motif here is the bullying, lack of acceptance and often traumatic life events that we were subjected to in our childhoor/teenage years for our lack of conformity to the NT world. So I have a lot of questions today, and I could use some help with those.
1. As an adult, how do you cope with that?
2. Do you still get intense flashbacks of those times?
3. Have you found peace with that, or do you occasionally get bitter?
4. Any PTSD or depression that you think can be directly traced to those events?
5. Do you ever feel that things would have taken a completely different turn if you had had a diagnosis in your childhood or teenage years, and had gotten the adequate assistance and trainings/therapies?
6. Do you ever feel guilt over times when you didn't stand up for yourself enough, even though you couldn't have in reality, or guilt for times you went too far in defending yourself?
7. What has helped you make up for what you couldn't receive before adulthood?
8. Are you...
I have been stuck in a rut for months on the same foods. I perseverate on certain ones, and cycle through them according to my routine, and lately I've been very very stuck. More so than usual for me. I've been able to count on my hand the foods I'll eat and if they aren't available, I just won't until I'm able, even if it means skipping...much to the chagrin of my husband and family. I know this isn't healthy(logically anyways) but I just can't bring myself to eat what I don't want and I can't get past it most days. Again being new to possible to diagnosis, I blamed this cycle on my worsening depression or being "quirky with food" as I will try new things at times... but now know that this habit I've had over the course of my life could be linked to Aspergers.
Onto my small victory ☺️
I seem to have broken a bit out of this cycle and wanted food that was outside those I've been stuck to in this particular round. This is small I know, but encouraging nonetheless.
What kind of plants do you have? Got some pictures to show off your plants? What type of plants are you hoping to have in future? Anything unusual, like a bonsai or orchid? Do you have a really interesting or unusual indoor plant specimen? Plants are awesome! This is a thread for anyone who loves indoor plants to share ideas, solutions, show off their plants or collections.
This has always been something I've really tried to figure out my entire life, why I'm so lonely all the time and why I ended up this way.
I've never really had a lot of friends, honestly I can only remember one time when I even had a best friend, that friendship lasted about two months.
I obviously have a family that cares about me very much, but all of my life I've wanted just one really good friend who would stick by me through it all, but at the same time, I'm not a very social person, signing up here was nerve racking and took a lot of courage.
In the real world, my mind is constantly ablaze with thoughts like "What does that person think of me?" or "What bully will I run into today?"
I've always thought that with my autism and the way my mind is and operates, that that could be the main cause of why I'm alone. In person I can never look someone in the eye, it makes me extremely nervous and trying to introduce myself to people is even worse.
Outside of work and other...
Years ago, I dismissed the idea that I could have Aspergers due to the word empathy. I had read that Aspies lack empathy, whereas I had social anxiety disorder which some think of as having too much empathy, so I thought the two were incompatible. More recently, I've come to the conclusion that when referring to autism, sometimes people are using a different definition of the word empathy. Instead of meaning the ability to recognize and feel what others feel, they mean the ability to respond to someone's emotions in a way that the other person deems appropriate.
Any thoughts on this? Which definition(s) do you think describe you?
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