When you read a journal related to autism and people in the comments are "informing" one another - using misconceptions and stereotypes about autism, without actually knowing what they are talking about
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Must. Resist. Replying. To. Every. Comment. To. Inform. Them.
My brother has a pretty severe mental disability. When he was younger, though, it seemed like he had autistic-like tendencies, and that's what he was diagnosed as. So I grew up calling him that. However, pretty much every time I've used that term I feel like people get a misconception about what he's actually like. Like literally almost every time.
Now I honestly just tell people he's mentally disabled or brain-damaged because they seem to understand what I mean a lot better. Whereas anyone who drops the word 'autism' immediately has to deal with all these people who have no idea what it is, or have their own conceptions of it. I almost don't even really know what it is anymore. It's so poorly defined and tossed around so carelessly that it's really hard to say what, exactly, autism is, or what people seem to think it is.
Idm .o. everyone looks at it differently, based on what they experienced themselves u v u who am I to misjudge their experience? At my school 90% of the teachers and 70% of the students is autistic (programming school), there you can easily see the differences. Some are really introvert or some are rude, others are really hyper or shy. Some people don't really show it clearly, surprising me when hearing about it. I guess just like everyone it's more about personality. I don't think it matters too much myself u v u.
hmm that's not okay indeed, but like I said, it's probably based on their experiences ;o; maybe they met somebody who was like that but that doesn't make it a part of autism, more of the personality c:
Ughhhh, yes those things too. Or because you don't have one special skill that you're unbeliebably good at, like those people who can redraw a city after flying over it once, calculate better than a computer, or play the piano super good.
ughuhguhguhguhgughghhghhhhhh autism comes in so many different... shapes and sizes? ( i can tell, I basically grew up around people that happen to have autism or anything else, really) you can't even compare people with a certain form of autism, because it's most likely that they don't share 100% of the traits at the exact level of how 'bad' it is. 'bad' meaning that it might be a little bit thougher to deal with it or something like that, but that doesn't mean every one who has autism has a hard time dealing with it, some might need some extra help but some need nothing at all \O/. autism doesn't make you stupid either, it's just a thing that has been added to you so you at least have something to do in life because being socially perfect is so boooringggg xD
People with autism are hard to connect to. I know a guy that has autism and lives an almost perfectly normal life, but for some reason, I seem to be able to comunicate with him the most, beside his mother.
I would if it was only 2-3 comments, and I did reply to a couple, but replying to every single one would only make people angry. It has happened before and I'd rather not deal with people calling me out for trying to provide information they should've looked up themselves. Fffffff.
If people don't know a thing about autism, they shouldn't be the expert. If someone has it, then they pretty much automatically know more about it than you. And if they say that you're offending them in any way (somewhat related to this, but also just in general) then THEY HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO SAY THAT BECAUSE THEY ARE IN A POSITION TO BE OFFENDED AND YOU ARE NOT. But, yeah, I totally hate it when people are "experts" on something because they know all of the stereotypes. Like ADHD, or depression, or autism, or anything else.
I'll be seeing specialists in January to see if I'm on the autistic spectrum or not and, while I know only a specialist can diagnose me, these stereotypes are still really unhelpful. It would be nice to have my own idea if I'm autistic or not but I'm kind of blinded. Being autistic could explain a lot of things for me but the way autism is often addressed makes it seem like, if someone was autistic, they would be so strange that they would be diagnosed on the spot.
Yes, for the longest time I thought I had received the wrong diagnosis because of all the stereotypes and misconceptions that didn't fit me, and it was actually very discouraging. After doing some research on my own, however, I found the diagnosis WAS fitting after all.
Ack I've seen the same but with other disorders, like teens that think they have bipolar disorder because they have the regular teen moodswings without having even read the wikipedia article....not to mention all those shitty stereotypes on OCD...
I've heard people say so many wrong things about stuff. Like certain disabilities. Like the one I have, dwarfism. People just assume things and think they know every little thing. It bothers me so much when people say things that aren't true at all, and it gets passed around.