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    Why are you giving me the secret signal to shut up?

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  1. The good doctor

    Autism is also or can be recognised as a disability here in the UK. By law a disorder is recognised individually as a disability if it impedes the person's quality of life in some manner, such as making it harder to complete every day tasks or people generally struggle to understand you. As someone who is autistic I can get fed up at the autistic community as well as the ones on the outside trying to understand the condition - or think they understand it. The reason I get fed up at the autistic community is because it seems to very easy to offend someone. You know, some people find the puzzle piece upsetting, some have problems with how you refer to an autistic person (is it 'person with autism' or 'autistic person'), blah. BLAH. But make no mistake I tire when people mistake it for an illness or that recovery is somehow possible especially when they think natural "alternatives" are useful. Fuck off with that shite. I also get it that people want to normalise it as a different way of being, and in some cases it is. However, it does in a lot of cases impede a person's ability to live with other people so I think generally speaking it should be looked upon as a disability because if it doesn't then the seriousness of the condition isn't being recognised; there are a lot of people who need supported living who are still classed as "high functioning", if they decided to view it no longer as a disability then a lot of people could find themselves without the proper support because their needs will not be recognised any more. As regards with the programme, I haven't watched it. If it does get a viewing over on this side of the pond - and not paying bloody Netflix's just inflated prices for it then I may well do it. I'd probably take it with a grain of salt in terms of how the character is portrayed, as one minority within the autistic minority. Whatever. To a degree it's good that autistic is getting normalised. What would be better if they consulted some autistic people for an accurate representation. But of course, I haven't seen the programme so what do I know?
  2. You're not though. Going to school is much more important that some stupid package.
  3. The guy sounds like a right jackarse. Good luck with your dad.
  4. I go to one for psychosis and it's really helped me. It's linked in with a charity in my area and they can support people in various ways. It's always be an informal setting, it's primarily been useful just as a place for people to talk. Sometimes you don't need to talk about your problems, just knowing that you can can be enough. But it has been nice sharing stories. We also do things outside the room setting quite often, bowling, abseiling, rockclimbing etc. Try getting in contact with a charity in your area for support and to get a pipeline of new people coming.
  5. Just thought I'd update this thread with the news that I'm hopefully going to start CBiT - Comprehensive Behavioural intervention for Tics. I've got to see a neurologist first locally then I can be included in the programme at a tic clinic at St George's Hospital in London which would certainly be interesting - and scary; I don't get out much nor do I take 3 hour train journeys into busy cities regularly. Basically the neurologist appointment - I think according to the St George's website - is going to include a diagnosis of a tic disorder and also screening for other comorbid conditions like the very common ADHD/ADD and OCD. I have a brother with ADHD. I've never really thought of myself as having ADHD, although I have struggled with going the extra mile with my work at school - they always said I wrote the bare minimum. And verbal instructions can be hard to follow a lot of the time. It's most likely due to Asperger's but it's probably worth looking into for the sake of being genetically predisposed to it. OCD-wise I do have intrusive thoughts, I often think the house might burn down when I'm out and I also get the feeling like I've forgotten something when I go somewhere and I don't know what it is. Don't know if it's enough or even if it is OCD sounding. I can push past these thoughts though, it's just not very nice having them in your mind. I am a little aware of that I tend to involve my thoughts with entertaining these things simply because these things fascinates me as someone with autism. I've had some bad nights recently, just the other night I couldn't stop moving in my sleep, I was punching myself in the face with quite some force and eventually I had to get up. The only thing I know that works for me is to play some computer games as that really distracts me but also stimulates me a bit so it was hard getting back to sleep after that too. Eventually I was able to though. I am scared that now I'm doing self injurious behaviour I'm going to get the dreaded coprophenomena. I don't know if it applies to adults with the condition simply because I've now pretty much stopped developing - brain wise, but the mean age for developing coprolalia and the like is about 5 years, I've had Tourette's now for 2 and a half years. I get new tics all the time, most of which are just once time only sort of thing I'm hoping the punching is just a short phase and not an evolution of my other tic where I have to slap myself on the side of my face. Who knows though, I don't.
  6. I started on 10 mg and I'm very happy with it. I'm less anxious, happier and I'm more willing to help other people whereas before I just had no energy to do a lot of things. Quite a big gamble to put me straight onto 10 mg, the max starting dose but it's paid off. That doctor wanted me on 20 mg after two weeks, I'm just on curious what that would have been like but I'm happy at 10 mg, it's improve my quality of life by quite a bit.
  7. I do believe that there is less of a weight gain chance with risperidone in comparison to quetiapine.
  8. Never had mania but I can relate to the psychosis part.
  9. Not everything I want to do in life. At my age that's pretty hard to do so soon. However I have recently passed my driver's test and that's opened up so many doors; owning a vehicle is basically the only reliable method of transportation in my area.
  10. I've had it both at 50mg and 100mg. 50 wasn't enough but it was helping when I was going down in risperidone. I've been on 100 mg for a while now and it works really well. I've never had any side effects with lamotrigine.
  11. Well the cynical side of me was right, there really are people on that level of denseness. I stand corrected.
  12. I tend to find fidgeting with things tends to get annoying because I keep picking them back up again!
  13. Yeah, I'm trying to learn to play the bass guitar using a computer game on my PC. I think it's helps to a degree for the time I'm doing it. The big problem at the moment is that I'm generally quite anxious, I've got my driving test on Thursday and it's really not been helping with the tics. Get that out of the way and things should become a bit easier, I hope. I've only been able to find so many helpful things to suppress the slapping tics. As I've said before, putting up the hood on my hoodie softens the blows. I guess what I have to try to learn is to do it as softly as I can, difficult when the urge to do it is strong though. The main problem is that the urge is like lightning, I don't have a lot of time to think about hitting something else so that's quite hard. Thanks for the idea though. I don't know about the grimacing. I would assume so too that it has something to do with your broken tooth too. Nerves can do funny things.
  14. When I'm feeling like shite I have a depression survival guide. Things to do to make me feel physically good. Things like have a shower, doing yoga or just watching that film I've held back on for a time like this. It's harder when you're depressed all the time but it might help to have something like that.
  15. I've thought about ending it too. But for me I've never thought of it as a comforting thought, it's more scary than anything because I don't want to be pushed to that level and I'm afraid that something will push me to that edge.