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I recently overheard my stepmum say 'this obsession with being autistic is ruining their life' when talking about me and I'm not sure how to deal with how I feel about this. I've been in a dark place for most of what I can remember and finding out autism could explain what I was feeling and experiencing saved my life. I can't belive she could find something so important to me to be trivial and 'an obsession'. I am moving out for uni in two weeks so is it worth talking to my parents about it, or should I just pretend I never heard it?

    • Sunshineseeker90

      182d

      How can a diagnosis that helps you understand yourself and feel seen "ruin" their life? Because you are getting the attention you need and they have to make changes to show compassion?

    • Loocifer

      183d

      It hurt you deeply, and your feelings are important and should be honored. I’d say mention it. However you know the situation better than anyone else, and you can determine if you think it might just be harmful instead! I will say, that when I first realized autism was the thing that I needed to understand myself I very much would not stop talking about it (thank you special interests) and my mother had a hard time with that, but I said to her “I’m figuring out myself for the first time in my life, I know to you it may not be important or you may be annoyed but I am allowed and deserve to understand myself. If you don’t want to hear about it that’s fine, but know that it’s hurting me that you don’t want to know all of me” maybe something like that, where you can try and explain the why of your behavior to them, and then put it in her boat if she interacts with it more? That’s my two thoughts! I’m sorry you had to hear that, that’s shitty

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"It's common for autistic people to have a special interest in autism, and it's a big part of your life that you should talk about. If people don't want to listen to you talk about autism related things, they might not be particularly accepting of you as an autistic human. So, you can talk about it to your heart's desire. However, it's also important to note that some family members may not understand the difficulties of being autistic and how it's something you were born with and can't change."

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