Amythest Schaber – Ask an Autistic – What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

Welcome my world. The worst, and maybe the only part of being an Aspie that is truly disabling (mostly because people expect me to be normal).

In this video Amythest Schaber, YouTube host and owner of the Neuroonerful blog, talks about Sensory Processing Disorder. What is it? Check out Amthest’s video (which I can take NO credit for) below.

See video HERE.

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4 thoughts on “Amythest Schaber – Ask an Autistic – What is Sensory Processing Disorder?”

  1. I have this hardcore. As my father, his brothers and their sons are all on the autism spectrum, I’ve been constantly wondering if I am on the spectrum, as I was diagnosed with hyperfocus AHDH in my mind-30s, can’t handle spontaneous invitations, need schedules and order and some of my physical almost- disabled problems (painfully short Achilles tendons and painful narrow sinuses always clogged) appear to be autistic signs.

    But when I’ve asked psychologists and psychiatrists they say no, because I have very high empathy. I have the genius IQ, inability to make small talk, major depression and generalized anxiety and what might seem like agoraphobia (pre-MCS) which keep me from attending work or parties. The world was just too… well, I kept telling doctors “I don’t feel like I have any skin”. At age 10 35 years ago education people told my mother I have no “filters.” I take all in at once. And yes, I was always called weird, cried nonstop about not fitting in in elementary school, told I was oversensitive, lived in a fantasy world, had an overactive imagination, built stuff I shouldn’t have known how, had answers to math questions but couldn’t “show my work”, wrote and drew nonstop, immersed myself in comic books with intensive filling systems, get myself chore charts, set my bedtime an hour before my friends, was told I was “unique,” and feel lonely around most people. I was a geek.

    Does everyone on the autism spectrum have to have aleximythia? It’s the hardest part for me with my father’s side of the family. I’m the only female. My PCP told me as a kid today I’d be labeled Asperger’s, because of being smart, sensory defensive and “quirky.” She said I’d be labeled, but I’ve learned via endless misdiagnoses that labels mean nothing. Being a woman with ADHD is hard because it looks different than with boys. Girls hypertalk as opposed to hyperact a lot and with medical studies treating men as normal and women as a deviation rarely studied, it’s much harder to be diagnosed. We look hypomanic and have insomnia. Throw in the depression, we get misdiagnosis of bipolar.

    ADHD is a neurological disorder, is it connected to the autism spectrum? Are these labels actual easy boxes or do they float into each other? Where can I learn about women and Asperger’s?

    Sorry to ask you all this but it’s been a building suspicion since studying Lauri Love’s life and doctors saying my undiagnosable physical problems are common with autism spectrum. Also Asperger’s and multiple chemical sensitivities which I’ve always had are connected to heavy metals and pollution.

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    1. Thank you for sharing. I am not a medical professional but have spoken to Autistic women who have been misdiagnosed with ADHD and Bipolar. There are some similarities for sure. If you are wondering where to start I would recommend a book – Am I Autistic? A Guide to Autism & Asperger’s Self-Diagnosis for Adults: Includes the Personal Journey of a Self-Diagnosed Autistichttps://www.amazon.com/Autistic-Autism-Aspergers-Self-Diagnosis-Adults-ebook/dp/B00TJDVEMC

      from there you may decide to keep reading more about Autism or start looking for a medical professional who has experience or a focus in the Autism field. The Mighty is an amazing website with an Autism section and there are a LOT of great women on YouTube talking about Autism. Best of luck. ❤

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      1. Thank you! Turns out the 25% of us with Lyme disease that didn’t cure asap have high levels of autism and Lyme causes MCS… I saw my PCP today who also has ADHD and sensory processing disorder, asked if she had Asperger’s, she said she has traits, but not Asperger’s itself. I told her psych folks laugh when I ask if I have it due to my really high empathy and she said normally that does disqualify you. But I have physical traits, I never knew autism had physical “defects” before, so the little ways I’m structurally off are probably connected to half my family being on the spectrum. My new genetics specialist went to med school because her son has Asperger’s, then became a naturopath because the MD model didn’t help her either. Her father, uncles and sister all have Asperger’s, but with her son and nephew it’s harder for them to adapt. Those of us with MCS often see autism specialists because there’s overlapping heavy metal issues. We know living by a highway means someone is 50% more likely to have a child with autism. So the genetic specialist thinks the growing toxic load makes it a lot harder for people with Asperger’s now than before.

        Until my PCP I never met another woman with ADHD, sensory processing disorder, genius IQ, photographic memory, etc and it’s like having always been the ugly duckling and meeting another swan. She’s not bad! She says there’s no ICD10 code for being who you are 🙂 If she tries to explain it it sounds like being a special snowflake or just weird. I know, the pedestal or trashcan.

        Maybe the Cartesian labels don’t fit exactly. The women whose videos you’ve profiled seem very engaged, not the monotone of the men tiny family with little affect. Are they exhausted after “faking passing”? Or is that emotional confidence normal for women?

        This video was was the first time I went yes yes yes and then I showed my mom the one about socks you wrote. And am grateful she carried ketchup with her everywhere we went (only way to get food past my freaked out mouth).

        So I have traits. A lot of them. But the ease with people, not having aleximythia, evidently means close, but no cigar. I’m going to keep paying attention because I don’t think it’s as simple as a code. My legs arms stick out of any box!

        I’m really grateful you found my blog so I found yours. Neurologically unusual women have a harder time. We don’t get diagnosed, women are supposed to be high empathy, multitasking, etc – ADD and typical women’s work, all details of the household, we feel like failures. Men aren’t expected to juggle everything. I’d imagine autism spectrum disorder symptoms must be more acceptable in men who aren’t supposed to show feelings anyway. That seems like it would make passing even harder as a woman.

        I checked out the Mighty, thank you! Solidarity for real, Heather

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