Richard is a privileged ableist sack of shit and a major embarrassment to the decent-side of the atheist community.
You know what also takes ages weeks/months/years and isn’t done by internet quiz? Self diagnosis.
Stop it with the self DX hate. Some people don’t have access to professional diagnosis. These people are still autistic, and guess what? Some of them noticed.
This is one of a few facts that have been rubbing me the wrong way (the other one was the ‘never question an aspie, they’ve researched it’ one, which I feel plays into the stereotype of aspergers syndrome being geniuses and it’s not true. Plus, I know [diagnosed] autistic people who can get super excited and absorbed by something they hear before checking it.)
This one rubs me wrong because a lot of people - a lot of people - do not have access to professional diagnosis. Not just money or time too - though that’s a big one. Or travel in some cases, as an insurer might have to send you very far away to get diagnosed (I’d have to travel eight hours from here to get evaluated by my insurer!)
Aspergers (now just autism) didn’t go into the DSM til 1994 and wouldn’t have been something teachers recommended kids to be evaluated for in many schools until later. So that means there are many unevaluated autistic people. Parents refusing to evaluate kids makes it hard too, especially as psychologists/psychiatrists hate adult evaluations.
Also, a lot of psychologists/psychiatrists are ignorant about it and would pretty much never allow someone to be evaluated. I mentioned wondering about aspergers years ago to a psychologist (I have all the symptoms) but I was told since I actually want friends (though it’s pretty much impossible for me to socialize and I can only function in very narrow, common social scripts) it was impossible for me to have aspergers.
Now, personally, I probably wouldn’t call myself autistic without being evaluated, but I also know literally no one would allow me to be evaluated. So I empathize a lot with self-DXers.
Doctors do fucked up shit all the time. They are affected by all the institutional prejudices that exist in our society like everything else. And the DSM isn’t exactly perfect either, and neither of these institutions have had a clear and clean history of the treatment of people with problems. They’re not even that great at diagnosing people - I don’t even mean that as a critique because so many disorders have overlapping symptoms and crossover, plus they can only evaluate someone at a rate of one hour at a time every-other week at best. But then (critique part) they hem and haw at the idea of considering a new diagnosis (ESPECIALLY if patient-suggested) - even if it covers the symptoms better.
TL;DR: Instead of critiquing self-DXers, why aren’t people critiquing the medical/psychological fields for being fucked up, power-abusive, and inaccessible? That’s the actual problem here.
Tangentially: That last sentence also rubs me really wrong, but it’s hard to explain why exactly, except that while I can see the direction is to say ‘autism is not a trend’ the effect is sort of a put down to autistic people and treating it as a disease (“there is nothing cool in having autism.”)
tumblr has become a bigoted unhealthy website where you are praised for fitting into as many obscure minorities as possible and are told whatever u say is invalid if u are part of any majorities and it’s out of hand and ridiculous
earth has become a bigoted unhealthy society where you are praised for fitting into as many majorities as possible and are told whatever u say is invalid if u are part of any minorities and it’s out of hand and ridiculous
The face your kitten makes after you rescue him from an alley downtown.
I’m gonna cry now
cuz his face
it’s like ‘thank you i was so scared’
; ^ ;
he has CAT TEARS.
Fun facts about your sign here
it’s very frustrating being a girl and trying to flirt with other girls like. you tell them, ur cute. ‘Aw thank you’ no. no i’m being gay with you. homo intended. damn it
And that ladies and gays is what I call the right fuckin spirit
I cannot watch anything animated that has sexy scenes in them because all I can imagine is the voice actors siTTING IN FRONT OF MICROPHONES JUST MAKING RANDOM SEXY NOISES AND I LAUGH HYSTERICALLY, BECAUSE CAN WE PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO PICTURE THAT SHIT, IT’S HILARIOUS.