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Do you live with mental illness as well as being autistic?

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I'm pretty open about the fact that, in addition to being autistic, I also live with OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) and PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).

I think many autistic people, especially older autistic people who've experienced gaslighting, abuse, and other types of trauma, have PTSD because we live in a world that simply doesn't make sense to us.

After years or even decades of speaking a different neurological language from almost everyone around us, we finally become incredibly anxious, paranoid, and terrified because we have absolutely no way to predict the behavior or the motivations of the neurotypical people around us.

Do you also live with mental illness? 

 

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