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Old 10-08-2022, 03:19 PM   #1
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Default My therapist told me its the cool thing to have autism?

I guess the new trend is to have autism. Thats what my therapist told me on Wednesday. I'd love "not" to have it myself. Plus people faking stuff is not cool. I know this girl with bad BPD who is faking autism and it makes my blood boil. I know you get treated very well by the medical and mental health field if you have it, but I honestly find it hell to live with and I worry a lot about my future.

Has anyone else heard that the new thing now is to have autism?
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Old 10-10-2022, 01:55 PM   #2
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Default Re: My therapist told me its the cool thing to have autism?

I have never heard of this. It sounds like young people searching for an identity. There's a lot of that in adolescent psychiatry.

I'm 44 years old and was diagnosed as an adult with ASD. This diagnosis was unheard of when I was growing up. Prior to that I was diagnosed with personality disorder which failed to describe my experience and personality. It alienated me and caused me to descend into hell while clinicians suspected I was sexually abused which I wasn't. They also misinterpreted my feelings. All this traumatized me.

Some clinicians did notice autistic traits in the late 1990s, but because they were residents the attending wouldn't consider it. She was convinced I had a personality disorder.

I don't mind the ASD diagnosis. It describes my experience and has validated my feelings and developmental history, but it is not my sole identity.

The only thing I don't like about ASD is the interpersonal struggles especially with social decoding.
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Old 10-24-2022, 02:18 PM   #3
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Default Re: My therapist told me its the cool thing to have autism?

I am 51 and was diagnosed at 41 as being on the spectrum. It is definitely NOT cool because I am still vulnerable to emotional manipulation from others. I do my own thing, wear whatever I want and don't care about trends or having friends and other women know it. Therefore, I am alienated. When people think autism, they think we're all genius level mathematicians, musical prodigys, etc... Definitely not me. I have no math skills at all. When I got the diagnosis, I cried for days because it explained so much of what was wrong in my life. Horrible confrontations, arguments, alienation...all of it because I didn't understand their emotions and why I had to empathize and act like them. Did a LOT of masking as a result....never worked very well.
So no...being autistic (depending on your specific gifts and where you're at on the spectrum) is not very cool unless you're one of those people who have the awesome gifts. That's just one opinion though.
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Default Re: My therapist told me its the cool thing to have autism?

That seems an odd thing for your therapist to say (in my perception) were they trying to make you feel positive about your diagnosis?

I think more people are aware of autism these days and people who would previously not have been diagnosed are now. Of course misdiagnosis is always a possibility as is people deliberately trying to mislead such as the person you describe.
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Default Re: My therapist told me its the cool thing to have autism?

I thought the new thing to have is Tourette's. People be tweaking and twitching and ticcing all over TicToc.
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Default Re: My therapist told me its the cool thing to have autism?

There are some advantages (i.e. academical time) but that's about it.
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