10 Things I Struggle With Aspergers – Anna Moomin

Anna Moomin shared 10 things that she struggles with as an Aspie. I am going to share 5 of my own and as a bonus I’m throwing in another video she put up – Things I Like About Having Aspergers because both videos were just SO good.

Also I don’t like to focus exclusively on the negative.

5 Struggles I Have as an Autistic Person

Lighting / Florescent lights – I need natural light and like to sit in the dark. Lighting is my NUMBER one trigger for sensory overload.

Sounds – especially sounds that have movement. When sounds have movement I see and feel the movement inside of me. It is hard to explain but it drives me crazy and gives me motion sickness.

Alcohol – I used to drink at social events to help calm my nerves but my sensory issues made me stop. Drunk me has no filter and throws up from motion sickness. I don’t drink because I can’t.

Surprises / Changes to my Routine or Plans – I can handle happy surprises if I really like the surprise but even neutral changes / surprises can cause me to panic. It is an irrational reaction and I can’t help it. Predictability and routine are relaxing to me.

Conversations – They are a LOT of work for me ESPECIALLY with people who I don’t know well. If I spend an hour talking to my boss in a meeting I will feel worn out for the remainder of the day – and that is a one on one.

What she says about feeling hung over from socializing / talking to people is NOT an exaggeration. I really wish it was. That is burnout.

Spending too much time around my triggers can cause me to feel very sick (Autistic Burnout) – like Anna said a LOT like a hangover or a flu. I get run down and feel horrible.

Recharging My Batteries

In order to recover from the normal daily tasks I have to recharge. If I don’t get alone time I cannot recharge. It is very hard for me to have friends because having a full time job takes away all my energy and I have nothing left for personal relationships.

People do tend to take things personally when you are always turning them down. They don’t understand that I can want to be somewhere and still have to decline.

Anna Moomin has a GREAT YouTube channel. She has a lot to share and does a great job verbalizing her thoughts. Please subscribe to her channel for more great videos. I can take NO credit for her content.

Things I Like About Having Asperger’s

 

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17 thoughts on “10 Things I Struggle With Aspergers – Anna Moomin”

  1. You’ll save a lot of money by not drinking! I gave it up too, mostly because it takes too long to get back to mental clarity, which I prize above everything else. I just don’t have time to feel dopey all night. 🙂

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  2. Thanks for sharing! I tend to see that a lot of the kids I work with have these same struggles. As a person who does not have Autism, thank you for sharing your perspective. I can better understanding of how to adapt sessions to meet their needs. 🙂

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  3. I really learned a lot from your post. I didn’t know this about aspergers. I have bipolar disorder and I really feel that we should all be supporting each other. These types of disorders are tough to deal, so the more we band together, create awareness and tackle with stigmas, the better off we’ll all be. Heather xx

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  4. Sights- Bright lights are unpleasant, but the fluorescent flicker is not one of my triggers.
    Sound- loud noises like trains and motorcycles make me feel like I’m being attacked.
    Alcohol- Taste is one of my triggers, and most alcohol- unless it’s super diluted- causes an immediate gag reflex. I can tolerate beer, but tolerating and liking are two different things.
    Changes to my routine- !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    (Words don’t exist to quantify my aversion to unexpected changes.)
    Conversation- If I am in a conversation that lasts an hour, you can bet the other person has spoken for at least 58 minutes. When I try to emulate natural conversation, it’s like my brain is controlling my body via remote control, and the interface is spotty at best.

    You have inspired me to post on my blog (myautismkingdom.wordpress.com) about some of the more pleasant aspects of autism.

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  5. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I have a 16 yo son who is on the Spectrum. I strive hard to research and understand as much as I can, but there is no amount of research that can substitute for the human experience. I have no idea how to best help him and am thankful for perspective like yours. 💕

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  6. As far I know, I do not have Aspergers, but I do identify with the needing alone time. This can be a real challenge because some people seem to need to be with people all the time and can’t understand why I would want to spend so much time by myself–or, as you put it, want to do things, but know that it will end up being bad for you. Kudos to you for knowing and respecting what you need!

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  7. This was a good read, iv never been told I have aspergers but the thing with lights ect is something I suffer with . Currently making my other half and furry baby(cat) sit in the dark to watch TV. Darkness really does help me reset. Have recently been using fidget toys as help with triggers, they are very good.

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