Hi, How Are You?

INTRODUCTIONWhen I wake up in the morning, sometimes I’ll read through articles on my phone, in the Google news aggregator. Of course, there are stories from the day, as well as articles about mental health. There are even advice columns, such as the old-school Dear Abby, and the relatively new and similar Dear Annie. InContinue reading “Hi, How Are You?”

The Paradox of the Adult Autistic Brain

INTRODUCTIONThere isn’t really much in the way of information to be found when it comes to the adult Autistic brain and aging. Most of what can be found online involves Autism in children. Add this to information I’ve received from experts, and it paints a picture that is odd and confusing, because it seems thatContinue reading “The Paradox of the Adult Autistic Brain”

Autism and Work: To Disclose or Not

INTRODUCTIONWith all of the issues that come with a diagnosis of Autism, there is the seemingly unanswerable question surrounding the issue of whether or not you should disclose your Autistic status. Arguments have been made in favor of both sides, and I’m working on figuring it out. I’ll be posting one example of each, andContinue reading “Autism and Work: To Disclose or Not”

Depression: Life, Clarity, and Perception

INTRODUCTIONWhen one has a combination of Major Depressive Disorder and a very late Level 1 Autism diagnosis, their view of life and the world can be very dark. Guilty, as charged. The only way out of this dark hole involves years of therapy, years of hard work, and sometimes medication. In my case, all threeContinue reading “Depression: Life, Clarity, and Perception”

Autism: The Myths, the Good, and the Bad of a Late Adult Diagnosis

INTRODUCTIONIn late 2017, just before my 53rd birthday, I got tested and received my diagnosis of Level 1 Autism, formerly known as High-Functioning Autism, formerly known as Asperger’s Syndrome. I can’t say why they got rid of the Asperger’s label. As for “High-Functioning,” that label is going away partially because it’s ableist. But it’s alsoContinue reading “Autism: The Myths, the Good, and the Bad of a Late Adult Diagnosis”

Some Scheduled, Controlled Weekend Time Travel

INTRODUCTIONI’ve written about “time travel” before, covering the dangers of engaging in such an activity. The most dangerous time travel activity involves seeking out people from your past and engaging with them in a way where you’re picking up where you left off. That might literally be my Autism talking. The least dangerous forms ofContinue reading “Some Scheduled, Controlled Weekend Time Travel”

Meeting Carmine Appice and Ozzy Osbourne [and an Autism Angle]

INTRODUCTIONIt’s early 1984 and I have returned to my college dorm room after Christmas break during my freshman year of college at Ball State University. Shorty after getting unpacked, I get a phone call from my marimba professor, Richard Paul. I had started studying drums with Richard Paul around 1978-79, at the Paul Mueller StudioContinue reading “Meeting Carmine Appice and Ozzy Osbourne [and an Autism Angle]”

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