One of the downsides to social media has been the ease with which people can spread misinformation about autism and its causes. One of the upsides to social media: we can talk back.
Archives for December 2013
For a big chunk of my adult life…all of my 20’s, half of my 30’s…I put a huge amount of effort into avoiding people. I socially isolated, worked a graveyard shift. I was good at this. Disappearing, I learned, is my one real talent.
The exception to this habit: every few years I would visit with my family at Christmas. Everyone would get together, do the traditional gift/meal/football-watching thing.
Growing up as a socially awkward spectrum kid, I always felt a kind of kinship to Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. But there’s a problem. His story ends in a way that strikes me as being counter-productive. I think it sends a pretty confusing message to kids.
Comments are always my favorite part of each post. The discussions taking place in each comment section have added so much to these topics; thanks for all of the great insights and observations you guys have been offering.. For an example of this, you can check out this post about autism spectrum disorder and depression.
This is part of a continuing series on autism spectrum disorder and depression.
In Part 1, I provided a broad overview of the topic. It’s worth going into more detail about depression at this point due to it’s uncanny ability to go undetected by the outside world. It can be a dangerous situation, especially for those on the spectrum; as described in Part 2, depression can hide behind autistic traits creating a “masking effect”.