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    Being South Asian And Neurodivergent

    Growing up, it was very hard for me to fit in with other people from my community. I always felt different from other kids and I never really fit the stereotypes of a "brown" girl. The stereotype where all south Asians were good academically in school.

    I was diagnosed with a Mild Intellectual Disability and I didn't understand myself and my disability until I was 18. Having this disability has made my life much more difficult as it's a general learning disability. It was hard for me to do math as it was a complex subject and it was also hard for me to understand certain things.

    It was hard to explain what I was going thru to those around me. I am high functioning so people thought there was nothing wrong with me but since my disability is invisible people can't see it. I always hated being compared to neurotypical people around me, those who did well in school and could understand things very fast. I felt very alone and in my head all the time.

    My parents never understood me as they thought I was normal-looking and just lazy. It was hard having south Asian parents and then being neurodivergent.

    They put very high expectations on me and they saw these other people doing well and they were also south Asian. So, they just thought I wasn't trying hard enough. They even thought there was a cure for my disability. But there is obviously no cure for it. I just did what I could do best.

    To this day, I still struggle to do things that many neurotypical people can do so easily. It's very hard and one thing that really throws me off is when people tell me how easy it is for them to do things but they don't understand that there are others in the world like myself that struggle to do those little things.

    I want to end off my post by saying if you have anyone in your life with the disability I have please be patient and supportive of them. They are human as well and deserve to be respected.

    We aren't lazy, we're just different and sometimes that might not be enough for you neurotypical people but we just want you to accept us for how we are.

    #neurodivergent #MildIntellectualDisability #southasian

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    Living with a mental health condition doesn’t mean everything you do is a “symptom”

    Embrace neurodivergence.

    You can have a #MentalHealth condition and ALSO just be plain eccentric. Not everything unique that you do needs to be labeled as a symptom.

    Don't let anyone tell you you're “ill” just because you're different.

    #BipolarDisorder #neurodivergent #Love

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    It's neurodivergent, not neurodiverse

    I'm gonna apologize right now if you find this annoying, and I'm very sorry if I'm wrong. But the name of this group is not quite right. "Neurodiverse" refers to the wide range of various neurotypes that are seen in this world. That includes neurotypicals because that too, is a neurotype. Neurodivergent refers to anyone who is not a neurotypical, and I'm assuming this group deals with neurodivergent stuff mostly? So the proper name for the group would be "The Neurodivergent Club". Sorry if this doesn't make sense or if I'm wrong #neurodivergent

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    Humans of ACEing Autism: Molly McGregor

    Meet Molly McGregor, an 11 year old social butterfly who just started with ACEing Autism Northville this Spring.

    “She needs to get her energy out,” her mother Jennifer McGregor laughed when asked about her reasons for signing up. “She is really social and has done a lot of sports like adaptive soccer, special needs gymnastics or swimming lessons.”

    Molly was born with a genetic disorder which manifested with low muscle tones. “It took a while, like 2 years, but they found what caused her delay,” Jennifer explained. “But the ASD diagnosis actually happened this past February and now she’s able to get behavioral support as well as other therapies.”

    As the proud mom mentioned, it helps to explain her a little bit better. “She struggles more with coordination, physical things.” But all her activities have helped her tremendously and amongst them ACEing Autism. “She loved it, she was excited to go every week, and knew some peers there so she had a lot of fun. ”Even though she gets really motivated by the games, she likes the actual tennis, she wants to practice at home,” Jennifer happily shared. “We do volleys every morning when she waits for the bus,” she laughed.

    As she talks about the session, Jennifer noticed some great improvements. “She could make contact with the ball better and she now knows how to hold the racquet properly.” As the conversation continues, Jennifer goes on to explain that on top of helping Molly, ACEing Autism has also been beneficial to her. “There were some parents I knew, so it was great to catch up with them. The special needs world is small so we get to catch up and share experiences.”

    Congratulations Molly on your first session and all your progress. We can’t wait to see you next session!

    #ASD #AutismSpectrumDisorder #neurodivergent #Neurodiversity

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    Humans of ACEing Autism: Molly McGregor

    Meet Molly McGregor, an 11 year old social butterfly who just started with ACEing Autism Northville this Spring.

    “She needs to get her energy out,” her mother Jennifer McGregor laughed when asked about her reasons for signing up. “She is really social and has done a lot of sports like adaptive soccer, special needs gymnastics or swimming lessons.”

    Molly was born with a genetic disorder which manifested with low muscle tones. “It took a while, like 2 years, but they found what caused her delay,” Jennifer explained. “But the ASD diagnosis actually happened this past February and now she’s able to get behavioral support as well as other therapies.”

    As the proud mom mentioned, it helps to explain her a little bit better. “She struggles more with coordination, physical things.” But all her activities have helped her tremendously and amongst them ACEing Autism. “She loved it, she was excited to go every week, and knew some peers there so she had a lot of fun. ”Even though she gets really motivated by the games, she likes the actual tennis, she wants to practice at home,” Jennifer happily shared. “We do volleys every morning when she waits for the bus,” she laughed.

    As she talks about the session, Jennifer noticed some great improvements. “She could make contact with the ball better and she now knows how to hold the racquet properly.” As the conversation continues, Jennifer goes on to explain that on top of helping Molly, ACEing Autism has also been beneficial to her. “There were some parents I knew, so it was great to catch up with them. The special needs world is small so we get to catch up and share experiences.”

    Congratulations Molly on your first session and all your progress. We can’t wait to see you next session! #ASD #AutismSpectrumDisorder #neurodivergent #Neurodiversity

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    How do you cope with life?

    Can we start a thread on coping skills for dealing with the sensory overload that goes hand in hand with chronic illness? We are constantly in a state of overwhelm in a room all by ourselves, and when you add in daily life and all of the outside stimulation… life just sometimes gets to be too much. I’m just curious to see what other warriors do to survive and keep their sanity in tact.

    A little backstory: I’ve basically been on a journey to find myself and figure out my place in the world since well my whole life. But due to a car accident in 2006 that resulted in a TBI, I’ve been living with un-acknowledged amnesia and I forgot my self. I recognized all my loved ones, and I remembered how to do basic life skills… But I forgot the essence of me, including all my childhood memories. However, the subconscious works in amazing ways and my amnesia was recently cured. Granted it was cured bit by bit over the last almost 16 years via signs from the universe, and triggered memories. The most recent traumatic experience I endured was a narcissisticly abusive relationship, that I thankfully escaped, but I’m pretty damaged from it. On this healing journey I’ve been on since April, I’ve realized a number of things about my inner workings. I have A LOT of sensory processing issues that I’m trying to figure out how to live life with. I’ve discovered I’m dyslexic, and suffer with dysphasia. I also have figured out the reason I hold on to all my traumas and can’t forget them, is because I have Hyperthymesia, an autobiographical memory, emotions and all. I was diagnosed with ADD in elementary school, ADHD in high school, but truth be told I’m pretty sure I have Asperger’s. Also a little Williams-Buren because I want everything to be happy and loving in my life, I can’t thrive in chaos.

    So I will kick off the thread by sharing my coping skills:
    Art & Journaling
    Loose fitting clothing
    Calming music/ocean sounds
    Teaching myself ukulele
    Keeping hydrated
    Munching on a healthy snack
    Researching medical reasons for my oddities
    Medical cannabis
    Shaving my head
    My electric blanket
    Watching documentaries on Netflix
    Learning to set and honor my own personal boundaries.

    Please share yours tricks and tactics for navagating life, feel free to share links for products you can’t imagine getting through life without too! #ChronicIllness #InvisibleIllness #HEDS #POTS #NMH #Fibromyalgia #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #neurodivergent #MentalHealth #sibo #TraumaticBrainInjury #learningtocope

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    TW school trauma, possibly ableism, mention of racism, some caps #venting

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    I wish to give the exact name of the school, but I won’t. Just know that it is a college prep high school in Illinois.

    If I could’ve, I would’ve ran away from the building and never came back. Every time the students would act up, and every time the teacher raised their voice, and every time a teacher was being unfair. If I could’ve, I would’ve ripped the detention slip in half for LOSING A PAIR OF GYM SHOES (detention lasted for 3 freaking hours by the way). If I could’ve, I would’ve skipped that horrid summer gym bootcamp freshman year because I failed on of the three physical tests. ONE. And I was CLOSE to passing!! Gym class was horrible. Like I don’t mind exercise at all, but I have my freaking limits. If I didn’t had the 504 plan, I would’ve gotten DETENTION FOR WALKING one time!!

    If I could’ve, I would’ve defended myself to the horrible, good for nothing, power hungry, petty substitute gym teacher and walked away, but no, he would’ve PUNISHED EVERYBODY IN CLASS ANYWAY. Not only was he the teacher of that horrid bootcamp, but sometimes was a substitute in gym class, where I already DESPISE because of their petty good for nothing bull.

    If I could’ve, I would’ve escaped all of the lasalles (the name for having to stay 45 freaking minutes after school because of not finishing homework) especially because I live so far away from it and don’t have a car. I wish I could run from it all especially when we were in a group because only ONE of us didn’t finish part of the project. But it wasn’t their fault or our fault, it was the petty a-hole AP world history teacher (which I didn’t ask to be in AP because I was already stressed enough but I GUESS NO ONE CARED) who thought that was a smart idea.

    If I could’ve, I would’ve stood up for one of the students who I never liked in middle school that came into the same high school as me to tell him to stop using the n word, but I didn’t because of the fear of being seen as “getting off tract”. If I could’ve, I would’ve told off the ridiculous chemistry teacher (white btw) that he should’ve minded his own business whether us blacks would like to be called African Americans or not. I feel so stupid for even TAKING ADVICE to that..

    If I could’ve, I would’ve just ran away for unfairly getting 2 demerits (warning thingies) because I was late because TWO A-HOLES used my stuff WITHOUT MY PERMISSION and for my so called “counselor” for CALLING ME RUDE WHEN I WAS UPSET AND CRYING IN THE BATHROOM AND I WASNT RESPONDING.

    If I could’ve, I would’ve dropped out freshman year. But no. I dropped out sophomore year. And I have NO plans on going back or finishing any kind of school now. Nope. Never. No way. Not for me. Absolutely not. Heck no.

    I want to speak its name. I REALLY want to give away the name of the school so that everyone knows what a horrible, too strict, good for nothing school it was and so that NO ONE enters there, especially those who are neurodivergent like myself. But I don’t think that I can do that here, so I won’t.

    Middle school was horrible, too, but I don’t know which was worse… I could go on and on about middle school, but I would just leave that for another story.

    #StopSchoolUnfairness #unfair #SocialAnxiety #Autism #HighSchool #Trauma #anger #neurodivergent #WeDeserveBetter #studentsdeservebetter #Stress

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    I can’t be the only one who finds labeling their autism a disorder/disability very uncomfortable

    ….right? /gen
    To me, it sounds so… wrong calling my autism a disability or a disorder. It’s not the fact that I don’t like being autistic, it’s just… very uncomfortable for me, it feels like saying that having different traits that I have is considered a disorder… it makes me feel sad.

    #Autism #neurodivergent

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    #Autism #NonverbalLearningDisability #neurodivergent #Depression #Anxiety

    I’m a 21 year old and I’m really sick of feeling beyond unlikable. I try so hard to be a great friend and I care so much for people yet I don't know anyone who cares about me and would notice if I were gone. Even on twitter, where there's people with similar interests, I can’t even manage to make any close friends. My birthday was last week and the people on there, who I thought I was closer to, didn't even bother to wish me a happy birthday even though I always give so much energy to people (I always care more about people than they ever do). And I had no close friends in real life to celebrate my birthday with that day. It just reminds me how pathetic and lonely and friendless I truly am. I was so sad and lonely and just wanted my birthday to be over. And even when I talk to people, and start to develop a friendship, they just eventually peter and they stop talking to me. Idk if it’s natural drifting apart or if I did something wrong. I always feel like I do everything wrong and that people find me annoying and don’t like me. It just seems like I’m incapable of establishing close friendships and that I’m not meant to have any. Even when I’m a part of a group chat, a meet up, a group of my coworkers all chatting, etc., it’s always like I don’t exist and basically a ghost and that I don’t truly belong. It seems like everyone’s friends with each other and I’m always on the outside looking in. A good portion of the time it doesn’t really bother me (since people are exhausting and I like being by myself a good amount of the time), but at other times it hurts so much and makes me wonder what is wrong with me. Am I that horrific, insufferable, unlovable, and insignificant??? and also maybe that I don’t deserve to have any for a/any close friend(s) who care about me and it’s too much to ask for any and that I should give up on ever having any close friendships-it's never going to happen.

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    Chronic pain dismissed by doctor

    I went and saw a rheumatologist yesterday because of some physical symptoms I've been having. Specifically, my knee locks and I have to kick it really hard to make it unlock and then it's sore and tender for days. I also have pain in my knees, ankles, low back, upper back, shoulders, neck, and jaw. My primary care provider referred me to this Doctor when I told her I was concerned that I may have joint hyper mobility and am interested in figuring out what is causing my discomfort.

    At my appointment, I had no visible signs of inflammation, so the specialist told me there was no need for testing for rheumatological conditions. She did note that my joints are hyper mobile and recommended genetic testing for that. When she touched and put pressure on my joints, it felt very odd and twitchy. Almost like an electric feeling. All she said was "there's some crunching but no inflammation."

    When she saw in my chart that I used to be on antidepressants and a mood stabilizer, she asked "who's idea was it for you to go off of those medications?" and I told her my own. She asked if my pain was better when I was on them and I said I am here for physical health, not mental, and I have a therapist who I see regularly.

    She recommended taking tylenol, and I told her I prefer not to. Then she said "well if you don't even need tylenol...." suggesting that many pain is not bad. I insisted "No, it's not that I don't need it, I prefer natural methods such as cannabis and resting when I need to." She became very dismissive after that and basically just told me that nothing is physically wrong and to go see my therapist.

    Does anyone have any advice on where to look for help next?? I'm getting desperate.

    #CheckInWithMe #ChronicPain #hypermobity #medicalgaslighting
    #neurodivergent
    #ADHD