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Looking for ideas re: what to do next with my life

Some traumatic experiences in the past 2 years made me realize how desperately unhappy I was in my "old" life. I have a good education & strong job experience, but also have mental health issues to manage and I'm kind of allergic to corporate life. I'd like to change this trend in my life, but I'm having trouble visualizing how to do this without going back to how I was living before. Feeling stuck on how to move forward & requesting AskMe's wisdom on the matter. [more inside]
posted by cardinality on Jul 8, 2014 - 10 answers

How can I teach someone on the Asperger's Spectrum Social Skills?

How can I teach an adult on the Asperger's/Autism Spectrum social skills specifically tailored to the office environment? [more inside]
posted by Jewel98 on May 19, 2014 - 18 answers

I don't process things quickly compared to other people. Why?

I've never been able to learn new things or process instructions as quickly as most other people. I also have terrible coordination and motor skills. Although I used to be very self-conscious about this - and sometimes still am - I've come to more or less accept this aspect of myself, and am at peace with the fact that I'll never be able to think on-the-fly as quickly as some of my friends. I am, however, intrigued as to why I have such a difficult time wrapping my head around things that most other people I am around seem to grasp with ease. I have been diagnosed with inattentive ADD, and am wondering what else could be the reason behind my processing difficulties as I would like to do some research. Examples and details inside. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers on Apr 23, 2014 - 22 answers

Giving up on other people

If you have failed at forming relationships (of any kind), is there a point where you should just accept you don't have the skills and are incapable of developing them? [more inside]
posted by Aranquis on Apr 6, 2014 - 40 answers

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.

Should I disclose my son's ASD and ADHD to other parents when he goes on playdates where we are not present? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 18, 2014 - 27 answers

How to find independance with a visual deficit?

I have low vision and I cannot drive because of it. I feel imprisoned and this is a last ditch effort to see if there is some solution (or partial solution) to help me gain more independence. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 24, 2014 - 17 answers

Integrating an Aspie-ish significant other into a friend group?

My wonderful, kind, sweet, smart boyfriend has, I think, a few Aspie traits. They're mostly noticeable when we're socializing with my friends. Bringing him into my friend group is causing me a tremendous amount of stress and anxiety. What can I (we) do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2014 - 13 answers

When do I reveal my agnosticism to my eight-year old?

My eight-year old was talking about god the other day, and she said something that my first impulse was to correct, but instead I ignored it. She said, "like you, I believe in god." Problem is, I kinda don't. But I'm pretty much the only one in the family with doubts, and I'm not sure when it makes sense to reveal it, specifically to this child. The reason I have doubts about talking to her specifically about it is because she's on the spectrum, and I think that makes it harder for her, especially so young, to sustain her own beliefs. I envy people of faith, but I do not share their faith. Have you dealt with this issue? How do you handle it when you're kid's a believer, but you're not. Special snowflake details inside [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 17, 2014 - 37 answers

Aspergers Career Paths?

I'm somebody who's classic Aspergers (very focused interests, excellent with little pieces of data, sociable but utterly clueless), who's increasingly aware a lot of jobs revolve around the political side of things, and who's currently tossing up on university courses for future career potential (environmental/geosciences being a current lock). [more inside]
posted by solarion on Dec 26, 2013 - 8 answers

How can I best interact with this guy?

I have a teammate at work and I need to know how to make our working relationship more effective. He has trouble with social interaction and exhibits behaviors that I've often heard in discussions about Asperger/autism spectrum disorders, but more to the point, he has trouble with anger and I'm not sure how to respond to it. I understand that I can't be sure about my armchair diagnosis, but I don't need to know the cause of his behavior so long as I can find ways to work with him. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 30, 2013 - 16 answers

Am I on the spectrum? Does it matter if I am?

I recently spent a while babysitting for a pre-teen girl with Asperger's. I found her behavior to be eerily reminiscent of myself at that age, with the key difference being that I have never had an Asperger's diagnosis. I *do* have a diagnosis of chronic anxiety and ADHD. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 27, 2013 - 8 answers

What are the ramifications of an Asperger's diagnosis?

So, a few professionals have informed me that they’re pretty sure I have Asperger's. Everyone agrees (including me) that I’m high-functioning. But apparently everyone also agrees that a positive diagnosis is very likely. Should I get the official diagnosis? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 18, 2013 - 17 answers

Going to the mental health clinic, what can I expect in the time ahead?

I made an appointment at a local clinic. Assuming things start well (right Dr.+ right drugs). What can I expect 2-3 years down the road? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Reeeeelax. (But I am!)

I am not casual. My job requires me to write casually. I keep getting told to be less "direct" in my intercommunication style with people. Oh yeah, and I'm an Aspie woman. [more inside]
posted by Phalene on Apr 19, 2013 - 22 answers

my friend's son has asperger's and his behaviour is worrying her.

Asking for a dear Australian friend, "Ariane" who feels she has nowhere else to turn. Any and all advice gratefully received. "My son Henry is 19 years old and has Aspergers. He has a little brother George who is 12 and a sister Lily who is 2 1/2. We all live at home with my partner (who is the biological father of Lily). [more inside]
posted by taff on Mar 18, 2013 - 16 answers

College Classroom Management Strategies with a Student with Asperger’s

How do I best manage a discussion-based course where one student speaks out too frequently because of Asperger’s? I teach university courses at a school with small class sizes of approximately 10 students. One of my students this semester has Asperger’s and speaks out too frequently—usually on topic but usually to share a personal experience with the topic rather than to move the discussion forward. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 14, 2013 - 15 answers

Old friends, babysitting, child with special needs?

Old friends, babysitting, child with special needs? [more inside]
posted by skbw on Jan 4, 2013 - 13 answers

I am not a special snowflake!

Can you suggest some kick-ass female career/life role models for this social-sciences loving, radical left-leaning, and possibly autistic, woman? I need to read about other people who have been successful in the areas I've struggled in. Not Temple Grandin, please. Many snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 11, 2012 - 16 answers

five hours and 45 minutes of crappy sleep. For the last 20 years.

Last night I slept for five hours and 45 minutes. For the last 20 years. I've tried many of the frequently recommended solutions such as melatonin and environmental changes, and am not sure what my next step should be. [more inside]
posted by mecran01 on Sep 20, 2012 - 35 answers

What's a good Lego-related gift for a 5 year-old?

What Lego-related gift should I get in the USA for a bright 5 year old Australian with Asperger spectrum issues? He likes Lego and has a particular interest in Legoland in San Diego. I want something that costs no more than $20 and I'd rather leave presents of actual Lego to his parents.
posted by Joe in Australia on Jul 8, 2012 - 9 answers

Help for parents of an adult with Asperger's.

Need help finding resources for parents of adult children with Asperger's. [more inside]
posted by sonika on Jul 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Ex with Asperger's

How do I navigate trying to reconnect with an ex who possibly has Autism/Aspergers? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 3, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I interact with an adult who may have Asperger's in a way that makes them feel comfortable?

How do I interact with an adult brother of my girlfriend I am meeting for the first time... who may have Asperger's/autism spectrum...... in a way that makes them feel comfortable? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2012 - 18 answers

What are some good reads on Asperger's?

What are the best books to read about Asperger's? [more inside]
posted by nostrich on Jun 6, 2012 - 8 answers

What can you convince a non-reader to read?

My little brother probably has asperger's. He most definitely has next to no interests. Can you help me me find something my brother might like? Snowflakes inside, of course. [more inside]
posted by semp on Feb 11, 2012 - 14 answers

Books, forums, ??, for adult children of abusive parents who have (undiagnosed) cognitive and emotional issues?

What are some informative self-help books and other resources (preferably online or UK-based) for adults dealing with abusive parents who have undiagnosed cognitive deficits and are emotionally stunted? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 1, 2012 - 2 answers

Disability accommodation (Ontario, Canada specifically)

To what extent can a company accommodate a disabled person? Ontario, Canada specifically. [more inside]
posted by raintree on Dec 1, 2011 - 6 answers

What is wrong with my nephew?

I am concerned about my nephew's strange behavior. He paces a lot, is extremely antisocial, and exhibits other odd behavior. [more inside]
posted by ElizabethEllis on Nov 27, 2011 - 38 answers

Please help me find a purpose in life.

Please help me find a purpose in life. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2011 - 15 answers

Achievement unlocked: successfully ended a conversation instead of walking away! games for Aspergers

How can I create a game that will give quest lines, experience, achievements, rewards for accomplishing social life skills? [more inside]
posted by Wuggie Norple on Sep 8, 2011 - 4 answers

My socially disordered coworker scares me more than he annoys me.

Coworker definitely has a social disorder (undiagnosed) and the suggestions given by my boss to handle the situation have not worked and I've become very anxious and have difficulty keeping myself from acting out towards this person when they continue with the unsettling behavior. [more inside]
posted by RoadMapper on Sep 6, 2011 - 45 answers

How do you decide what to share? Challenge: Asperger Syndrome

How do you decide what to share with others? I am a 28-year-old woman with Asperger Syndrome, and my biggest hurdle is figuring out what sorts of things are appropriate to share with others. So far in my life, I have erred too much on the side of caution, and I regret that I have missed out on great friendships just because I can't pick up on signals and I constantly feel like I'm wasting peoples' time even when they assure me I am not. I would like to get better at sharing on social media in particular, but I find myself totally paralyzed trying to decide what's worthy of sharing with others. I need help and advice on how to improve this crucial social skill. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 10, 2011 - 27 answers

Help my husband be more in tune with other people.

Are there good sources for a scientist to improve emotional intelligence - in particular, to be able to read others' emotions and ape appropriate emotions as needed socially? [more inside]
posted by juliewhite on Jun 23, 2011 - 16 answers

Is Nonverbal Learning Disability as bad as it seems?

How do I look forward and be optimistic when the more I learn about my son's Nonverbal Learning Disability the more scared and grief-stricken I become? He's almost 17 and will be a junior in September in public high school, and he's been unsuccessful at everything he's ever tried to do. [more inside]
posted by maloon on Jun 12, 2011 - 14 answers

What kind of questions do I ask a potential Personal Care Attendant?

Special Education Filter: What kind of questions do I ask someone interviewing to be my child's Personal Care Attendant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 25, 2011 - 4 answers

how to help a loved one get help?

Someone I care about probably has Asperger's and might be depressed but has never given therapy a real shot. How do I get help from a professional and find the right resources so that I can help them? What is the best way to make them want to get help themselves? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 17, 2011 - 8 answers

Aspergers + media = ?

What connection could there be (if any) between rates of Asperger's and autism and styles of media being consumed? [more inside]
posted by littlerobothead on Nov 22, 2010 - 11 answers

IEP advice needed for the Mother of an Autistic Daughter

Please help my someone-I-know-as-a-name-on-the-net-kind-of-friend set up her autistic 3rd grade daughter's Individual Education Program (IEP). [more inside]
posted by Pirate-Bartender-Zombie-Monkey on Nov 21, 2010 - 11 answers

i don't know what to say

A week ago, my sister and her husband (they have a four year old) have decided to undergo a trial separation. Please help me figure out how best to support her, and whether or not I should keep my mouth shut. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 9, 2010 - 17 answers

How can I tell if my mother's nagging is helpful in my fight against depression?

I am 21 years old. I've made little academic progress since high school, largely due to depression (hypomanic bipolar). My mother talks to me like I'm almost, but not quite, a lost cause and an albatross around my families' neck, slowly bankrupting my mother and raiding my sister's college fund. How do I know if my mom's negativity is affecting me and if she should stop, or if I'm just taking normal criticism too hard? [more inside]
posted by MuppetNavy on Nov 3, 2010 - 28 answers

Should this about-to-be-30 female virgin give up on exploring relationships with men? (NSFW)

So I'm a late-twenties bi woman, and I'm still a virgin who's never had a boyfriend or girlfriend (I prefer guys). I'm glad I waited this long, though - even when I was 18, my Asperger's had me feeling somewhat younger socially and emotionally, and I was nowhere near ready to date or do anything. But now I've reached the point where I'm ready to start meeting some nice prospects, looking for a relationship and, yes, having sex. (NSFW) [more inside]
posted by tamagogirl on Nov 1, 2010 - 15 answers

Is MMJ Good for my Psychological Problems?

Where can I find relatively unbiased information on medicinal use of marijuana, in particular in relation to mental disorders (list follows inside)? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 19, 2010 - 13 answers

Help living with a wimmen hatin' husband with Asperger's

My husband has Asperger's Syndrome and a lot of unresolved anger towards his ex-wife. These two things are horrible together, as he is frequently mean to me, punishing me for things she did to him, but then he is unable to grasp how upsetting this is for me. I've been trying to get him to go to therapy to try to work out his anger about her, but in the meantime I need strategies to cope with living like this, as it is making me lose my mind with frustration, anger, and sadness. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 24, 2010 - 28 answers

Coping with Husband's Silent Treatment

How do I respond to my husband's silent treatment? He has got incredibly angry over some perceived error on my part and is now icing me out whenever we are alone. I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by geekgirl397 on Apr 11, 2010 - 65 answers

Is it common to be a "card-carrying" Aspie?

Is it normal practice for a therapist to give a patient an "explanatory card"? [more inside]
posted by malusmoriendumest on Mar 14, 2010 - 14 answers

This must exist already, no?

Resources in NYC for a strongly Aspergers teenager to start learning about software development? [more inside]
posted by ook on Feb 26, 2010 - 10 answers

I'm stuck. What can I do?

What should I do for depression that has plateaued? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 16, 2010 - 8 answers

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Lately there have been a lot of people telling me I have Asperger's syndrome, most notably so my mother. What exactly should I... do [more inside]
posted by tehloki on Jan 14, 2010 - 32 answers

Help me not freak out at my boss or have my boss freak out at me

How to deal with a boss who might have Asperger's? I'm the new nanny for a 4-year-old child on the Autism spectrum. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 24, 2009 - 29 answers

How can I prove to my parents that I'm "mature" enough?

I'm 16 years old. I have (though somewhat borderline) Asperger's and I'm highly intellectually (verbal, not quite visual-spatial) gifted. I don't do well in school, you could say I'm an "underachiever". I graduate high school this year. I will most likely not get into either of my top universities in the city (I'm Canadian, btw). I don't mind taking next year (from graduation until I'm 17.5) to "mature a bit" but eventually I want to go to school overseas. I need to prove to my parents I can live alone... without actually living alone. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 13, 2009 - 30 answers

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