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Hopelessly Broken

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  1. Because said gazelle is not living its best life when it is eloping, is it? As opposed to when it is eating plants and just standing there, not literally escaping mortal threat. Excuse my piss poor attempt at humour.
  2. Interesting. I have never heard elope being used in that context. Then again, I have only been exposed to the word in the context of autistic children and some other disabilities. I have heard elope being used to mean "go off and have sex" though. Considering that would be massively inappropriate, and that it is irrelevant to the context I used it in, I figured people would know what I was referring to by elope. I realise now that I should have just said go off wandering unsupervised.
  3. Eloping is eloping. For those kids it is far more dangerous, because no, they don't have the same social awareness as neurotypical children, and many also don't possess navigational strategy to actually watch where they are going and pay attention to their surroundings, because it is too much for them at a sensory processing level within their brain. Even as an autistic adult, that is one of my most prominent challenges whenever I go into the outside world. Additionally, whether on the severe or mild end of the spectrum, or somewhere in between, the vast majority of autistic children don
  4. Just thought it would be worth saying that it is rather common for autistic children on the more severe end of the spectrum to elope, and that may very well be what some of the signs are referring to.
  5. This can happen for reasons other than trauma. Its called proprioception, or body awareness and the awareness of one's body and specific body parts in space. A lot of people who are autistic, and or who have ADHD struggle with proprioception, for the same reason we struggle with interoception, because they are almost the same thing, except interoception is for things like temperature, heart rate, breathing and appetite. Not saying that it isn't possible that yours is because of trauma, but I think that it is likely that your ADHD plays some role in it, possibly larger than the one trauma
  6. Yep. But that's what I've always had to put up with. I'm used to it. Dissociative symptoms are part of hypoarousal, by the way. So is sleeping too much and most of what I have to deal with. Its just another term for the freeze response. Anyways, it is what it is. I'm yet to find anything that isn't a bandaid, and a very shitty one at that. I know people don't like it when I talk about it though, so I'll shut up.
  7. As have I (had many therapists) and unfortunately for me it was made rather obvious that none of them could help with my own trauma, simply due to the fact none of them had anywhere near enough experience with hypoarousal, if they even acknowledged it at all, and that none of them had experience treating a person with as long a history as mine to the point I missed out on developing things that a lot of trauma work is dependent on/my lack of experience with certain things/my brain's incapacity to do certain things that a lot of trauma therapies rely on. None of them were able to manage t
  8. Depends on the therapist and their expertise. Unfortunately trauma work is some of the most difficult of all therapies, and all kinds of it come with the risk of making things worse, in the hands of an inadequate therapist. Fortunately, however, in the right hands, it can literally save a life. So there's no simple answer. Additional to therapist's level of expertise is the kind of expertise they have. If they aren't expertised in your specific trauma symptoms, the risk of it going wrong is larger.
  9. Yes, definitely fair to say. Just neurocognitive deficit is a rather vague term if you ask me. It is more important to know what yours specifically refers to and what can be done to help you function in life in despite of it, if anything can be done.
  10. Neurocognitive deficits can come from a lot of things. Not just medication. Most commonly, they are associated with neurodevelopmental conditions, i.e, autism, ADHD and learning disabilities. They can also happen with intellectual disability, Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, acquired and traumatic brain injuries and stroke. Executive dysfunction is a broader term for a variety of neurocognitive deficits. Any type of cognitive deficit that resides from neurological function is a neurocognitive deficit. I am fairly sure there are other conditions that come with it that I haven't mentione
  11. Yeah. Doesn't really matter treatment wise, because all trauma symptoms can be treated with the same therapy, so long as the therapist is trauma informed and has the expertise to do so.
  12. Ah. I think I would find that quite strange and difficult to understand, but I suppose it depends on what kind of trauma it was. I just imagine it would be difficult knowing it is a flashback and therefore from the past if it had no visual component.
  13. This may seem like a bizarre question, and you don't have to answer it, but does your aphantasia impact the kind of flashbacks you have/had if you don't experience them anymore? Like, no visual flashbacks of the events? And does yours also impact your ability to recall sound, smell and touch like it does for some people with it? I agree, family trauma stuff is different to the kind of trauma where exposures can be used, and its usually more pervasive, so I think its fairly standard to go to and from approaching it, otherwise a lot of people would be approaching it forever and be unable to
  14. Yeah, aphantasia is going to be a challenge with trauma stuff. A lot of therapists rely on imagery for various aspects of treatment. I know its been a barrier for me, and I don't technically have aphantasia, just limited visual skills in that area. Good luck with finding things that do help though.
  15. Those techniques are called resourcing techniques. They are a part of the preparation phase of EMDR, but a lot of therapists who use other trauma therapies also use them to prepare their clients for the processing phase of treatment. Resourcing is where the therapist helps you to resource your own personal and internal strategies to help yourself when dealing with the trauma, so your reliance on others is reduced and you have more resilience towards whatever you went through and the effects of it. The container imagery and bilateral tapping are the most common ones, but there are others.
  16. This is some high grade, absolutely moronic nonsense. Being an atheist does not mean you are absent of conviction, are full of shit or never scared of yourself. Nor does lack of conviction, being full of shit or absence of anxiety surrounding oneself mostly come from lack of belief in or a fear of a high power. It just means you don't believe in a god or deity, and that you don't subscribe to, nor believe in, any relegion. But thanks for the attempted insult. I assure you that I have plenty of convictions and morality, as do the vast majority of atheists.
  17. And I agree also that there comes a point where doing the same shit over and over again, or any effort at all, becomes futile and pointless because its obvious nothing besides harm is going to come of it. I do personally agree with euthanasia in all instances, but I highly doubt it will ever be a reality in this society. Its too stubborn and resistant to it.
  18. So am I. But in the collective perspective that, and I don't matter. It only matters to me, because I matter to me. You can't change someone with a collective view, only they can change themselves. It seems in today's ideal, being an individual is doom and gloom, even wrong. Which is a real shame. And yes, I know what its like to exist without any actual life. I've always done that, well other than being forced to survive.
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