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Autism/Special Interests Thread

Chomby

It's Spooky Month!
I'm making this thread so autistic furries here have a specific space to go ham without worrying about being judged. Ramble about your special interests! Just keep them PG-13.

I have ASD myself and I'm trying to be more open about it.
Neurotypicals are welcome too!

(Reposted from Community Discussion since that wasn't the appropriate category. Smh.)
 

Chomby

It's Spooky Month!
Shall we try this again, I haven't officially been diagnosed but something is defo not right upstairs,
Furries that haven't been officially diagnosed can vibe in here too!
 

Chomby

It's Spooky Month!
One of my special interests is always the character Deadpool but anything else just fluctuates. It's usually just characters I think are really cool, which includes original characters.

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Stadt

Eeriee the Wendigo
Not diagnosed, but I have some very specific interest that I don't really share with people because they're odd. I'm have a fascination with animatronics, especially submerged animatronics. I've been really enjoying that the interest has seen a boom in the last year and there's better content than there used to be. Right now, I absolutely can't wait for Universal Hollywood to reopen so I can see the new Indominus Rex.
 

luffy

Administrator
Staff member
Moderator
Not diagnosed, but I have some very specific interest that I don't really share with people because they're odd. I'm have a fascination with animatronics, especially submerged animatronics. I've been really enjoying that the interest has seen a boom in the last year and there's better content than there used to be. Right now, I absolutely can't wait for Universal Hollywood to reopen so I can see the new Indominus Rex.
I've found my opposite! I have an extreme phobia of submerged animatronics. Disney World makes me wanna die haha.

Anyway, you might like the subreddit submechanophobia. They sometimes have animatronics on there. I don't know why I'm subbed to that subreddit. I must be a masochist.
 

Stadt

Eeriee the Wendigo
I've found my opposite! I have an extreme phobia of submerged animatronics. Disney World makes me wanna die haha.

Anyway, you might like the subreddit submechanophobia. They sometimes have animatronics on there. I don't know why I'm subbed to that subreddit. I must be a masochist.

It actually started because of my sever phobia, haha. I'm pretty familiar with the sub. I actually almost had the opportunity to go on the Pigeon Forge Jurassic Jungle ride last month, but didn't really push going with my group since I was lowkey terrified. Still on my bucket list, if I get the courage.
 

PlusThirtyOne

What DOES my username mean...?
i don't have any formal diagnosis, but i suspect i fall somewhere on the spectrum. -not like how one might "diagnosis" themselves as OCD or whatever, but wonder how broad the "spectrum" really is and what kind of quirks actually qualify. There are all types and levels of autism on both ends of the spectrum. There are some people who are easily identified but there are more people whose "quirks" are less noticeable. Some people even have something akin to super powers! i think autism has been around for a long time; far before we even had a word for it, a definition or prognosis for it. Because of that, i don't know if autism cases are actually "on the rise" as reported in the news or recent statistical findings. Rather, i wonder if autists and aspergers have actually been around forever- and we've only recently slapped a label on it. How many perfectly fine, operable wonder-minds been been labeled "disabled" without considering how "ABLED" they are? i don't know what i'm talking about; i'm no doctor, but i genuinely wonder if this "rampant disability" isn't something humanity hasn't had around forever. i would go so far as a wager that many of humanity's greatest achievements were achieved by the aspiest 'bergers and most autistical scientists and academics! Einstein was even assumed to be autistic. Some of the smartest scientists we've ever had have typically been introverts, socially "awkward", emotionally abrasive and generally "goofy"; all signs of aspergers and autism! Would they have accomplisehd as much as they did if they were deemed "disabled" or "impaired" at an early age?

Of course, there's different types and different levels of retardation, mental impairments and other factors that go hand in hand with "special needs" people. i'm not saying everybody grows up to be the next Einstein, of course. -but i've met enough autists and 'sperglings to label some as "super human". With some shortcomings, comes great strengths. Some people blind from birth have "super" hearing. Paraplegics can potentially have "super human" strength in their working limbs. So is it too far to imagine that even if some kids' brains are limited in some ways, they may have some possibly hidden talent? Something to "unlocked"?

...nevermind. i'm rambling. i should put down the tea and go to sleep.

i'm just asking, why does every case of autism have to be a "disability"? Why not an "evolution"? i say, let's find those talents and parts of the mind that DO work "correctly", and exploit the hell out of 'em! When i hear from friends, family and co-workers break the news that they've spotted autism in a young family member, i always tell them, "AWESOME! Get the little kiddo all the help they need and find those hidden super powers!"

*AHEM* i mean...depending on the circumstances. *AHEM* i learned my lesson the first time. i'm not invited to corporate parties anymore.

Okay. To bed.
 

Zehlua

Magepunk Fashionisto
This is why I posted the thread about topics we're passionate about! It's so wonderful to share!

I like disco music and obscure toys and cartoons! I feel like I'm mining for gems and wonderful things to use and learn from! I also like dagged edges in fabric!
 

Guifrog

Spongefrog Bluepants
Statistics, demographics, weather details, percentages, numbers with meaning in general. LOVE checking every update to Press Freedom/Peace/HDI/Atlas of Violence Indices, dollar/real/euro/peso exchange rates, Numbeo's crime rate/cost of living/pollution levels as per contributed by natives and expats, degrees Celsius/humidity/wind speed in different cities, tax return info.

Also to a lesser degree hurricanes, earthquakes, storms, eruptions and other extreme natural events captured in videos.
 

Tendo64

Cat With A Guitar
Hi, don't know if I have autism, though I relate to several symptoms from what I know. This could be due to the fact that I do have ADHD though, as I've heard the symptoms are similar.

Additionally, I can relate a lot to the idea of special interests, but I don't know for sure if that's what this is--I feel strongly about cartoons and video games. I love to read about them, learn about them, play/watch them, explore communities about them. I love to draw cartoons and compose video game music, and want to center my career around one or the other. Both mean a lot to me and impact me and my life significantly. I read somewhere that ADHD people can have special interests, is this true? Or is it simply just those on the autistic spectrum also having ADHD? More importantly, is a special interest more complex than what I think about those two hobbies, and this is just a "strong" interest?
 

Toby_Morpheus

Hello, Proto
Aspie.
I can have extreme focus on anything dealing with computers long enough that I realize it's night and I haven't eaten or bathed the entire day.
 
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I was diagnosed about a little over a year ago. When I found out, it helped explain so much of my past, especially my childhood
 

MaelstromEyre

Slippery When Wet
ADHD isn't considered as being part of the autism spectrum, but it has many similarities. I can be really resilient about things, stick things out, suck it up and deal with it. . .but when I'm pushed past that point, I get really irritable and emotional, to the point I can't even think straight. I pace, I'm agitated, my chest hurts, I feel like I need to cry but I can't, and I can't even put into words how I feel.
I can focus on something that interests me for a long time, I do well in a routine but when I get bored, I find ways to change it up to keep it interesting. That's gotten me in trouble in a former job, where I was doing my work and doing it well, but not doing it quite the way THEY thought I should. Same result, less time, more accurate, but all they thought was "she's being insubordinate."
My brain goes in all directions at once, I may get distracted when trying to do a lot of things, or I may jump from one thing to the next but I still get it all done.

Honestly, the biggest problem with ADHD isn't actually having it. It's living in a world where people are so structured about having to do everything THEIR way, they will make you feel like you're wrong and stupid for doing things any other way.

My entire (undiagnosed) childhood, I was told I just wasn't applying myself, I couldn't follow directions, I was lazy, I daydreamed too much.

I wasn't diagnosed until I was 31, at which point I had all kinds of comorbid disorders like anxiety and depression, from all those years of trying to do things everyone else's way.
 
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Kharne

Guest
ADHD isn't considered as being part of the autism spectrum, but it has many similarities. I can be really resilient about things, stick things out, suck it up and deal with it. . .but when I'm pushed past that point, I get really irritable and emotional, to the point I can't even think straight. I pace, I'm agitated, my chest hurts, I feel like I need to cry but I can't, and I can't even put into words how I feel.
I can focus on something that interests me for a long time, I do well in a routine but when I get bored, I find ways to change it up to keep it interesting. That's gotten me in trouble in a former job, where I was doing my work and doing it well, but not doing it quite the way THEY thought I should. Same result, less time, more accurate, but all they thought was "she's being insubordinate."
My brain goes in all directions at once, I may get distracted when trying to do a lot of things, or I may jump from one thing to the next but I still get it all done.

Honestly, the biggest problem with ADHD isn't actually having it. It's living in a world where people are so structured about having to do everything THEIR way, they will make you feel like you're wrong and stupid for doing things any other way.

My entire (undiagnosed) childhood, I was told I just wasn't applying myself, I couldn't follow directions, I was lazy, I daydreamed too much.

I wasn't diagnosed until I was 31, at which point I had all kinds of comorbid disorders like anxiety and depression, from all those years of trying to do things everyone else's way.
That really sucks, it's a shame because I've had pretty similar experiences. I'm unsure if I have ADHD but I share lots of traits with people who do.
Hope you're able to do things your way now
 

Meta_Tiara

Well-Known Member
I am on the autism spectrum and have been diagnosed since I was around six years old, give or take a couple years. I can have a laser focus on projects and games, and also space out and get stuck in my thoughts, sometimes at the same time. Not sure if I worded it clearly enough, but does anyone else feel like that?
 

Chomby

It's Spooky Month!
I have a tendency to get obsessed with my interests, and I ramble amd overshare because of it. This causes me to annoy people, and that makes me very depressed.

I know I'm doing it when I do it, and it strains my relationships with people. The problem is, it's so hard to stop. It's like an addiction. I get an overwhelming urge to butt into discussions and just go on and on. I hate it so much. I know I'm a burden and I hate myself. I hate that I hate myself, and it crushes me.

I've never shared how much I hurt on this forum because I don't wanna be "that person" who just constantly feels sorry for themselves and brings everyone else's mood down. I want to be happy. I wanna make others happy. I wanna be liked and appreciated when it is earned.

I'm really struggling right now.
I feel so alone and I feel like a prisoner to my autism.

I wanted to be more upbeat and accepting about my ASD which is why I made this thread, but it didn't really work...

I'm sorry for pouring my heart out like this. I guess this is a pathetic cry for help.
Don't feel obligated to respond.
 
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Monosuki the Aurian

Kyu the Braixen
I have a tendency to get obsessed with my interests, and I ramble amd overshare because of it. This causes me to annoy people, and that makes me very depressed.

I know I'm doing it when I do it, and it strains my relationships with people. The problem is, it's so hard to stop. It's like an addiction. I get an overwhelming urge to butt into discussions and just go on and on. I hate it so much. I know I'm a burden and I hate myself. I hate that I hate myself, and it crushes me.

I've never shared how much I hurt on this forum because I don't wanna be "that person" who just constantly feels sorry for themselves and brings everyone else's mood down. I want to be happy. I wanna make others happy. I wanna be liked and appreciated when it is earned.

I'm really struggling right now.
I feel so alone and I feel like a prisoner to my autism.

I wanted to be more upbeat and accepting about my ASD which is why I made this thread, but it didn't really work...

I'm sorry for pouring my heart out like this. I guess this is a pathetic cry for help.
Don't feel obligated to respond.
I reply not as to feel obligated to respond, but more so to relate and try to comfort. I wanna at least be there for those who have the same thing as me...for I have autism as well. I just want to let you know that we are here for you, and even if autism may seem like all-too-powerful shackles....there is a stronger force to overcome it: yourself. You can beat these shackles and all that dare to bind you, and I believe in you! I love how you want to make others happy, but remember, a kind act is a kind action returned!
 

Yakamaru

Autumn wolf
Confirmed months ago to having Autism(Asperger's). Tho don't see much point confining things to one thread?

Can share my experiences with having it instead if you want.

Speaking of Autism.. @Abyssalrider. Want to chime in, mate?

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Ffs, fucking phone. :p
 
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