I feel like I’m gonna get fucking lynched for asking this, but I have to. There’s such a weird trend regarding autism on this site. I’ve seen lots of people post about “just autistic things” or how you don’t need to be diagnosed with autism to be considered autistic, and it just confuses me. More than anything, it just SEEMS like a lot of people are just exhibiting the symptoms of anxiety and then labeling it as autism (and there’s no problem with having anxiety, why would you misnomer it as autism?), because most of you don’t…talk like you have autism.
It just strikes me as really odd. I’m not interested in starting an argument, I’m just genuinely curious.
And before anyone angrily labels me as a neurotypical asshole, I AM autistic. And yes, I WAS professionally diagnosed.
how the heck do you “talk like you have autism”
i have autism, study autism (it’s a special interest) and work with teens with complex care needs most of whom have autism…and no-one in the wonderful tumblr autism community has ever struck me as ‘off’ when talking about their autism, not for a second
and you must know anxiety is super comorbid with autism, and things like sensory sensitivities, obsessive special interests, rigid thinking, executive dysfunction and 101 other definitely autistic things can cause anxiety? so autistic folk talking about anxiety a lot is pretty logical
please don;t read this in an angry voice, but a kind voice.
I am diagnosed with panic disorder and autism. So yeah, consider both can occur at the same time? I also don’t think someone can ‘sound’ autistic, that sounds to me like you expect everyone to either act like yourself or a certain stereotype.
You being autistic does not give you a free ticket of being able to say bad things about other autistic people by the way, that’s not supposed to sound condescending/rude. more like a kind reminder, if you’re able to read it in that tone of voice.
I think that calling something a fad does way more harm than someone faking to have a disorder/illness. People will assume people who actually have that disorder/illness are faking it, diagnosed or not diagnosed, and I think only 0,001% of people would fake an illness or disorder. Obviously not a true statistic but I feel like it’s the truth, and i want to express with that number how small I feel the percentage is. I have never in my life met someone who faked anything. Many people actually have mental health issues, or turn out to be neurodivergent. It is not as uncommon as society makes it seem. You think it’s uncommon because we are always made invisible and are stigmatized.
I have never experienced any harm from someone faking an illness/disorder. Cause they will likely get tired of it themselves too, especially if the community of that illness/disorder talks with them and they can’t really relate, they’ll get bored of it. If someone truly fakes it it will be a phase, but these are really uncommon situations! People telling others that their experience is a phase, stems from the fact that people keep mentioning how there are people that fake it, and everyone will try to find out who fakes it, accusing people who really are not faking at all. And for what reason? if someone fakes it, then so be it. I do not feel mocked, i feel like a person faking something has something going on in their life, something that could make them do such a strange thing.
On the other hand, I have experienced harm from people thinking I am faking my diagnosis. ‘You don;t look autistic’, ‘You don’t act autistic’, ‘But you’re normal, you’re not autistic’. Just like there is no one way to act or look gay, there is no one way to act and look autistic. Everyone on this planet is an individual with a different lifepath, different mixture of experience, different way of communication. We need to accept that not one of us is the same.
I hope I made sense, and was not offensive or rude. People often misinterpret me. I try to sound kind, cause I say this while feeling kindness