“Coming out” autistic is hard in any circumstance, as it involves self-acceptance. It becomes a an even greater challenge when others treat it with skepticism.
Coming out Autistic is hard. It’s even harder when the person in front of you doesn’t believe a word you are saying.
People who’ve known me for years say things like –
“Why are you complaining all of the sudden? You never used to talk about Autism or complain about these problems before. It’s like you’re happy to have a disability. You just want attention.”
These people are less than half right.
Yes, people who have known me for years have never heard me complain about my sensory issues. When I was a little girl and tried to explain my problems to people nobody believed me – so I stopped.
When I was in school I was very sick. My school building’s busy environment and florescent lights were painful and made me physically sick to. The doctors told my mother that there was no physical reason for my sensory complaints…
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