Anella

184d

How do you convince skeptics you have an illness?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Chronic Generalized pain

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  • SunInAugust

    184d

    Personally I wouldn't call autism an illness or a disease, but a disorder or disability or difference. And I think it might be pretty hard to convince someone who is ignorant :/. You're valid. I believe you.

  • GracefulKim

    183d

    Of you've tried to educate the person about autism and they still refuse, there's not much more you can do besides all them what it is about you that they don't understand. Think of it this way: if we could make everyone understand what everyone else is, this world would be extraordinarily different. It's our differences that make us individual but it's also what causes war. That's a big one to think through. Good luck with your person.

  • Roary

    183d

    It depends on the person, usually I don't run into this problem because I usually only tell people who are close to me, and those people almost always believe. But when it comes to people who are strangers, I don't really bother to try to convince them, if they don't believe me it's probably because they aren't educated on autism and think all autistic people have to adhere to a stereotype. But when it comes to professionals (like therapists) I have to explain myself, my diagnosis, and how I personally deal with it.

  • Overcomer

    183d

    I have learned that not everyone I can tell and I am comfortable with keeping it to myself but only disclose if it will help me grow or receive treatment

  • sendhelpmydudes

    183d

    I don't. I don't have to do anything to prove that I am autistic to people that don't believe me./nm

  • Michaelar1

    183d

    With autism (late-diagnosed female who masked her whole life) and people give the whole, "But you don't seem autistic," bit, I usually tell them what I'm doing to mask right that second (I'm not making eye contact. I'm looking at your forehead. I'm not reacting as I would, I'm reacting the way you would expect someone to react. I'm not "quirky" I'm socially awkward masking as quirky because I know most people think quirky is a cute trait. Etc.)

  • tylerjay

    183d

    Have a co worker like this .. I just ignore him..

  • LaDayna

    182d

    I lost everything due to autism. Now I have to start over at 59 years old. Very overwhelming.

    • Overcomer

      182d

      Why did you lose everything to autism?

      • LaDayna

        182d

        , I was diagnosed with bipolar as a child. Thanks to my Great Grandfather, I didn't need any medication. Back in the 1960s medication was a bit scary. Doing what Great Grandfather taught me and the structure of schools I went to helped me almost to perfection. Then college and work went pretty well. Then in May of 2008 I was injured at work and was put on pain killers. The pain killers woke up my autism or something because I was no longer the person I was. This alienated my entire family so now I am without people that were my kids, grandkids, parents and siblings. Even my husband abandoned me. So now I am in my church and therapist all the time.

  • Overcomer

    182d

    I gain and not lose

  • Anella

    181d

    Thanks everyone for your input. Helps a lot. I just feel pushed in a corner sometimes with people saying things like I don't have "everything". I nwvervsaid I did. But my immediate family has been the worst even after getting diagnosed with a few things. They have never been supportive

    • SunInAugust

      181d

      you deserve support. I'm sorry :(

    • Overcomer

      180d

      I agree you do deserve support and so sorry

  • Sick.but.slick

    180d

    I just lost someone I thought was going to be a really great friend… she said she couldn’t stand my “outbreaks” of autism… as if it was herpes or something. I told her that’s cool. I don’t feel like being discriminated against for something over which I have no control.

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