Posted in Neurodiverse, Prelude

Explore 💙 C.E.N. Treatment

I found a new DIY self-care project thanks to the video below. I’m not sure if it’d be a good DIY without at least a preliminary knowledge of psychology; but given I studied psychology for my first three years of college, I figure I got this.Famous last words.

Also, it’s not like prototyping a method for self-soothing is going to be harmful to an autistic person. Let’s be real here.

Watching Right Now 💚 Childhood Emotional Neglect

Listing 💜 7 Steps for Treatment

  1. Track your feelings;That’s what this blog is for;
  2. Describe the feeling;But don’t actually use the word for the feeling (the video has an example);
  3. Notice your needs;I struggle with defining this one because I feel like, no matter what, it’s too much;
  4. Practice self-care;This blog is also meant to track my progress in this category, thanks to the dashboard;
  5. List what makes you feel nurtured,This prompt scares the hell out of me… which is what I plan to do for my next post
  6. Accept help and support from others;UGHHHHHH
  7. Setting healthy boundaries.I can’t. I’m not allowed. That’s why I hide.

Watching Right Now ❤ Developmentally Arrested

But what happens when developmentally arresting traumas happen to someone with a developmental disorder? Because I connected with this video, then felt overwhelmed as soon as I considered the co-morbid complications.


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Explore Autism, Depression, and Anxiety

Watching Right Now 😎 More Athene

Again, I’m watching this video made by Athene, a professional gamer:

This time, though, I wanted to make a list of different scientific ideas I could explore to help me change the neurochemistry behind my anxiety and depression, and maybe, if I’m reaaally lucky, treat my overactive amygdala.

Watching Right Now
🖤 2 Essential Guides for ASD Co-morbid Mental Illness

Kati Morton has a video about self-diagnosis, by the way:

And then of course, a good background of autism is essential before head-diving into my depression:

Good conversation to think about in tandem with my soul-searching via science, my DIY treatment plans for my mental illness, my mindful meaning-making me-time, whatever the 🦆 I should call this.

Listing 🖤 30 Aspie Questions

One in fifty children have autism. It’s very common for autistic people to develop eating disorders to self-soothe; or to develop depression or anxiety, due to a lack of self-soothing. This is why self-care is essential for autistic people, and also, why 60-hour work weeks are not a good lifestyle choice.

🖤 Autistic Experiences 🖤

  1. How does autism contribute to anger?
  2. How does autism contribute to fear?
  3. How does autism contribute to anxiety?
  4. How does autism contribute to depression?
  5. How does autism contribute to tone control?
  6. How does autism contribute to daily flow?
  7. How does autism contribute to happiness?
  8. How does autism contribute to music?
  9. How does autism contribute to empathy?
  10. Is Asperger’s Syndrome a societal label for Human 2.0?

🖤 Autistic Sensitivity 🖤

  1. How does autism contribute to facial expressions?
  2. How does autism contribute to visual sensitivity?
  3. How does autism contribute to auditory sensitivity?
  4. How does autism contribute to language sensitivity?
  5. How does autism contribute to nervous system sensitivity?
  6. How does autism contribute to pattern recognition systems?
  7. What are autistic meltdowns?
  8. What are autistic shutdowns?
  9. What are the pluses and minuses of “holding it in”?
  10. Is Asperger’s Syndrome the next stage of human evolution?

🖤 Additional Questions 🖤

  1. What would it be like to go through the Kindle notes I left all over Tony Attwood’s Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome, back when I read it in 2013, when I realized I was on the spectrum?
  2. Is it O.K. to believe Asperger’s Syndrome shouldn’t have been folded into Autism Spectrum Disorder so clumsily?—is it O.K. that I’m frustrated by how the conversation on Asperger’s Syndrome was impacted by that decision?—that instead, society ought to have intertwined disorders, like two hemispheres of the same brain?
  3. Which other mental disorders could we separate between mental illness and differability?
  4. Does neuroplasticity share a closer relationship with neurodiversity than we give it credit for?
  5. Could evolution speed up at the same rate technology speeds up?
  6. Could evolution respond to environment so delicately, masterfully, that as the world transitioned into technology, it transitioned into autism as well?
  7. Why do people still believe immunization shots created their child’s spectrum disorder?
  8. If the United States were a character, and autism were a character, what are three words that would describe their relationship? What about Canada? What about Mexico?
  9. If Australia and New Zealand were a character, and autism were a character, what are three words that would describe their relationship? What about Ireland? What about England?
  10. How could I write about the silent presence of autism in my family?There’s potential for another 30-day Challenge list in this idea alone…

This list could lead to a 30-day Challenge later… or it could lead to a journal entry today. 💛

Watching Right Now 🧡 The Aspie Girl


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Posted in Overdrive, Projects

Explore 😏 Human Behavior

✨Happy April Fools!✨ I’m not interested in fooling anyone this year, but click here for a fool’s joke, as an alternate way to celebrate the holiday. Every day should be a ing holiday.

Tomorrow is April 2nd, my 51st blog post. Now that I’ve reached 50 posts, tomorrow I’m sending shout-outs to my social media channels—but only once per channel per month, since there’s nothing more irritating than too much of a good thing. Except cats. I’ve found no ceiling on cat spam.

Also, since April is Autism Awareness Month, I’ve been blogging daily at WordPress.org, answering the question, “What’s it like to have autism?” With only personal anecdotal evidence to support my claims, I’m documenting my autistic experiences for 30 days, then later researching those claims, so you can:

  • see what my persuasive writing method looks like, from conceptualization through research; &
  • learn more about autism—hurray!

Visit Cleo’s Autism Awareness to read more, or continue on to learn about how I study human behavior to develop character…

Listing 👀 7 Ways to Zoom through Character

When you readOr hear. a story, you want the characters to be real. So authors study human behavior to try to emulate a realness—even if it’s not 21st century Earth reality, writing must convince you.

Here are 7 methods I use to study character before my daily fiction writing:

  1. What’s it like to be [community role]? This is person-to-person scale.
  2. Cultural study. This is person-to-community scale; it requires moderately zooming out.
  3. Setting as a character. This is person-to-world scale; it requires zooming enormously out.
  4. Collective unconscious. This is the person-to-universe scale; it requires zooming out as much as you can, well as zooming in as closely as possible. It’s wild.
  5. Body as a character. This is mind-body-spirit scale; it requires zooming in just a little bit, so that you separate one person into three parts.You can also split one person into two parts: conscious vs. unconscious, or the two hemispheres of the brain.
  6. Body as a galaxy. This is an acknowledgement of the limitless potential of a character. Works better for novels than novellas and short stories. When I decide to study character this intimately, I write a lot of dialogue with the character before bringing them on stage; I’d rather get to know them before we work together to create a scene.
  7. Family study. Another interesting way to develop character is to do a study on a family tree. For example, I’m fascinated by Ancient Egyptian pharaohs and the Tudors.

Here are three other examples to help illustrate this character study process.

Prewriting 😎 What’s It Like to Be a Therapist?

In the spirit of my first major,I was a psychology major for three years, but when I transferred from community college to university, I switched to an English major; this impulse decision changed the trajectory of my life. here’s an awesome video describing the process of becoming a therapist:

We need more mental health professionals, in wake of our mental health crisis; one out of four people in this country will experience some form of mental illness this year. The results are dire; the tenth leading cause of death in our society is suicide.

I plan on writing a novella with a therapist as the main character, so I can bring yet more attention to mental illness. The hard question is: cyberpunk or high elves?

Prewriting 😉 Cultural Study of Amish

Here’s some more research for novella writing: the Amish. I think no-tech spaces will expand in the future, so it’s good to be aware of the decisions the human race makes when living segregated from most 21st century innovations.

These desks, though (@5:12):

Is it a stock photo, or a representative image? Either way, the interdependence built within the desk structure is interesting. Also, they learn with a teacher until eighth grade, then they work on family, religious, and community activities in teenage.

Also, at sixteen years of age, they engage in a Rumspringa: a ritual where they expose themselves to the modern world. This is to help them understand whether or not they want to go through with adult baptism and live in an Amish community, or instead transition into 21st century living.

Prewriting 🤪 The Internet as a Character

What if the Internet turned into a superintelligent AI? What if this is a character humanity interacts with every day? These questions took me here:

I love his explanation of cognitive offloading at @1:30; he explains reliance without painting it dark. Also, keeping watching, because @8:00, he explains how our text message experiences are the first step towards our virtual reality experiences.


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