This will be the first video I’ve ever made about myself. And to be honest the process of getting it to you has been exhausting, daunting, exciting and liberating!
In case you haven’t worked it out yet. SURPRISE!!! It wasn’t Post Natal Depression that was ‘doing me in’ after all – it was just ol’ ASD.
The great thing about this is there’s nothing wrong with me. Nothing I need to overcome, recover from or try and move past. The downside to ASD is that it really needs a lot of management and it helps to have a community of people around you who understand – which is why I made you this video (and why OMMG exists to be honest!).
Women only really started being diagnosed with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder a few years ago, and not because we didn’t have it as much in times past, but because a lot of times we don’t present with any ‘typical autism behaviours’.
The thing is, autism isn’t about behaviours, it’s about how your brain functions. And we need this to be common knowledge – because right now almost half of all women diagnosed with ASD have been previously misdiagnosed.
Just like I was.
(WARNING: This vid goes for 15 minutes, so unless you’re totally invested in my story here are the breakdowns FYI… 0:03 announcement, 1:20 idealistic opinion on autism, 2:07 executive functioning, 3:44 clarification – I aim to normalise (not minimise), 4:51 sensory processing, 5:24 personal/embarrassing fact, 8:22 meltdowns, 8:52 verbal communication, 12:29 my ‘worst thing’, 12:58 thought processing, 13:46 what autism is and what it totally isn’t, 14:42 if you’re autistic you’ll get what I mean, 15: 27 who am I kidding, I give you my own opinions all the time. But it’s true, I’ve never given my personal experience until now and everything else is research-based, 16:10 let’s talk! If you got through all of that – I applaud you!)
Please share this if you or someone you know may find solace in knowing they aren’t alone. Or if they need educating, or if you feel moved to. Autism is about the brain, not the behaviours – let’s get the word out!