A blog about how I have ‘changed’ throughout the years since my diagnosis of autism.
- I have made friends when I went to college and after college.
- My routine doesn’t have to be to the dot anymore I can let it change except the evening routine. I can’t change it unless I really am prepared to change.
- My sensory isn’t as severe as it used to be except the unreal feelings they get bad every single day – but I think thats due to living on my own with a carer and not having to share with clients anymore who weren’t suitable for me.
- I have become independent in life skills and finding activities for myself to do during the day as I am unable to work due to my mental health/autism. I wouldn’t be able to hold down a paid job due to my severe moods and getting bored of things easily. I have gave up so many voluntary jobs over the years.
- My mental health got worse before it got better ,now i don’t have many relapses with my moods or self-harm much anymore.
- I can keep busy a lot of the time whether i’m in or out
- I’m quite good at managing my own money now I used to spend lots and not stop until I ran out of money not thinking of my bills.
- I’m good at communicating in the right way now sometimes i can’t explain how i feel then I sometimes write it down.
- My outbursts can be once/twice a month very tiny ones, my self-harming can be every 2-3 months now and my moods are more settled instead of changing all of the time.
- I have got more creative with arts, crafts and writing.
- I have got new hobbies such as creative writing and deco-patch.
- I volunteer every week and theres never a time i don’t really attend.ive had various voluntary jobs during the past year or so.
- I don’t see a psychiatrist anymore every 3 months, just psychology and community nursing every few months.
- I create a newsletter/word-search for my care provider every month also a book review that I have read during that month.
- I adventure to new places such as London, Swindon (to see my friend Luke) and other places too, I really enjoy the theatre. I don’t just stay in the local area.
- I spend more time out and about than sitting in
- I am in contact with my friends on a regular basis I text, speak on Facebook and meet up with them.
- I have gained confidence throughout the years I used to avoid eye contact and not communicate very well.
- I can make decisions on my own
- I can be positive sometimes if I really try
- I can start conversations with people I know and continue them I still find it hard with people I don’t know that well.