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Noise Noise Noise Noise (A Couple Recommendations for Sensory Overload)

I’ve been a little disappointed in myself for not having anything to say for a month. When I’m in word mode, I can write a lot (and even speak a bit more), but then I slip into non-verbal mode again. I know I shouldn’t be hard on myself for that. I suppose there’s some internalized…

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I am not the friend you are looking for.

I have a very hard time being a friend and having friends, even on the internet, which is worlds easier for me than in person. Even if I care for someone immensely, it’s very difficult for me to be proactive in interacting with them. It has nothing to do with shyness or social anxiety. Social…

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Glory Days: Masks and Dissociation

I woke up with the song “Glory Days” by Bruce Springsteen in my head today. It’s appropriate, because I’ve been spending a lot of time scanning old photos for my family. I think that for a lot of people, old photos trigger nostalgia. Despite whatever bad things may have happened in the past, photos are…

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Repetitive Tasks: Pleasure or Anxiety

I’ve heard it said many times that autistic people enjoy repetitive tasks. This is one of the things that caused me to start suspecting that I was on the autism spectrum back before I was diagnosed. That was because I’d been told on several occasions that I had incredible patience or will power when I’d…

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Turn and Face the Strange

I believe it’s been about a year now since my computer died and disrupted my art making. The replacement has been invaluable to me, since it’s my only means of earning income. But I’ve been struggling since then to do art. I have been feeling an obligation to do it because of the donations I…

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May the New Year Be Not as Bad as You Expect

Shannon Denton WIP

I read that people with depression see things more realistically, because we are not fooled by the cognitive biases that cause most people to see the world through rose-colored glasses. I’m referring to the optimism bias. This doesn’t take into account that there is also a pessimism bias, which likely negates the optimism bias. Anyway,…

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