Thanks people. Know I can always count on you!
[quote] Interview a few therapists, talk about the issue, see what they have to say or what their familiarity is with it.
You think, R3? Having been to counsellors and therapists before, I am gunshy—never had a good one, so maybe I asked the wrong preliminary questions or ignored red flags? The problem with a lot of Asperger’s/autism therapists is that most of the clinical research and methods they know apply either to kids or grown males—adult women are hugely underreported, and there’s barely any literature or support out there for us beyond a couple of big websites and a tiny handful of clinical psychologist books. Worth one more shot, but honestly I’m burned out on it and have trust issues (plus no money to pay for sessions lmao). I was sort of fishing for self-help with this thread, but you’re right that I may need support as it’s a big issue.
Curiously I like the bitchy black humour here, it cheers me up. Yet if someone said stuff like that to me irl I’d freak out and get upset or put off. Funny how it works!
[quote] we all live vicariously these days because we are in our heads so much and isolated. Celebrities are, well celebrated, because talented ones express the anguish of loneliness and, of course, you relate - hey, it's normal and that is why they sell.
Good explanation, R2. I hadn’t really thought of that. Reassuring to think that my symptoms are a reaction and reflection of the general malaise, and not just my weirdness (being ASD, I’m used to jumping to the assumption that everything is down to my weirdness). Now I’m thinking I should write an angsty book or play or tv series and cash in on these inconvenient emotions...XD
Chatrooms are worth a try, totally. I’m a little weird about being off-anon (like I said, AVPD), but it will be a good chance to test the limits of my comfort zone.
[quote] Whatever you do, don't transition, take hormones, cut off your breasts, etc. It's not the answer. Seems popular with young autistic females.
Hah, don’t worry, no chance. I’m redpilled to that all stuff; thanks to a brush with medical establishment malpractice when I was younger, it’s easy for me to realise it’s a biotech scam to abuse vulnerable women & gays for experimentation. Sadly, I’ve lost a couple of old schoolfriends to this claptrap—one is even getting the surgery. So sad.
R1 I will keep fighting with your encouragement!