Autism & Obsessive Behavior – Why I Can’t Always Let things Go as an Autistic Person

This week, I’m going to be sharing something I know a bit about personally, and that is being Autistic, and having the tendency to obsess over things, and not be able to let things go.
This can be a bad thing, however, we don’t talk about how this can also be a good thing, so I’m going to talk this week about how being obsessive is, neither a good or a bad thing, it’s just simply part of my, personal, Autistic Experience.
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Things I Didn’t Realize Were Related to Being Autistic Before I Was Diagnosed “with Autism”

Alrighty. Hey, Humans, Lyric here, the NeuroDivergent Rebel. I didn’t know I was Autistic for the first 29 years of my life. I’ve always been Autistic, it was just a late discovery.

This week, I’m going to give you a list of things I didn’t know were related to being Autistic when I was growing up.

Quickly, before I dive into this list, I would like to say that this is my own personal list, and that means these things are not going to be true for each and every single Autistic Person. These are true for me. Each and every Autistic Person is an individual, and we are all very different and unique, and have vastly different experiences.

You may relate to some of the things on my list if you are Autistic. You may also not relate to some of the things on my list, because we’re all unique individuals. Continue reading Things I Didn’t Realize Were Related to Being Autistic Before I Was Diagnosed “with Autism”

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Intersections on the Spectrum: Lyric Holmans

Recently, I had the pleasure of being interviewed for the Podcast Intersections on the Spectrum. In episode of Intersections on the Spectrum we discuss my identities, lobbying against ABA, open relationships, and living in an RV. Continue reading Intersections on the Spectrum: Lyric Holmans

Is an Adult Autism or ADHD Diagnosis Worth it?

The answer to this question is going to be “yes” or “no”, depending widely on your own individual circumstances in your life. For me, it was worthwhile to go ahead and get the autism diagnosis, but that is because of my specific circumstances, which I will share with you. Continue reading Is an Adult Autism or ADHD Diagnosis Worth it?

Today’s Autistic Moment: Autistic Adults and Gaslighting

I recently was invited to participate in an interview on a podcast, Today’s Autistic Moment, to talk about Autistic Adults and Gaslighting – a form of manipulation and abuse by which the abuser makes the individual being abused doubt their own reality. Continue reading Today’s Autistic Moment: Autistic Adults and Gaslighting

I’m Autistic and this is Why I Find People Overwhelming

Before I learned I was Autistic, I didn’t look for information in people’s faces, or their body language, to see how they were feeling or even to see if they were interested in things I was saying. It just never really occurred to me that there was information there and at 29, I started to study what facial expressions and body language means.

That meant I was having really difficult interactions with other people, because I wouldn’t realize I was annoying them, or I wouldn’t read the situation well. Continue reading I’m Autistic and this is Why I Find People Overwhelming

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Of Breasts & Chests – Criminalization, Sexualization, & Nipple Politics

Even though going topless is allowed for anyone in Austin, the person with breasts cannot draw attention to themselves, or they may risk other charges, such as public lewdness or disorderly conduct.

If an arresting officer decides an individual was intentionally “lewd or obscene” or if there are minors around, a topless individual with breasts may face serious felony charges and could potentially be registered as a sex offender. Continue reading Of Breasts & Chests – Criminalization, Sexualization, & Nipple Politics

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NONBINARY 101 – for International NonBinary Day

NonBinary is an umbrella term for MANY identifies of people who don’t identify as the binary male of female. This includes gender fluid people (like me), people who don’t identify with any gender, people who identify with multiple genders, etc. Continue reading NONBINARY 101 – for International NonBinary Day

The Dangers of Assuming All Autistic People Have Anxiety & How Anxiety Messes With My Life

 If we look, specifically, at Autistic people, It is estimated by the American Psychiatric Association that one in five, 19% of adults in the United States have some form of mental illness, and these numbers are, naturally, higher among Autistic and NeuroDivergent populations, which is  expected, because also according to the APA, minority groups are at higher risk for developing mental health conditions.

 If you are a member of multiple minority groups, and you are multiplying marginalized, You can multiply this risk for mental health issues, because of the additional pressures that are placed upon you by society. Continue reading The Dangers of Assuming All Autistic People Have Anxiety & How Anxiety Messes With My Life

Why We NEED to Teach Boundaries & Consent to Autistic People

Lyric Homans  here. I’m the NeuroDivergent Rebel, and this week we’re going to talk about boundaries and consent with Autistic People, and why it is so important that we do explain boundaries and healthy relationships to Autistic people, instead of assuming that we will never have these things, or are uncapable of understanding these concepts. Continue reading Why We NEED to Teach Boundaries & Consent to Autistic People