Lack of Funding, Training, Humanity and Common Sense is Winning

Many people who are living with a family member, loved one, or friend with autism (along with many other disabilities and conditions) live with the constant fear that something like this incident will happen to them. In a Fresco, CA news story posted this morning, another mother/parent has had to watch while their autistic child… Continue reading Lack of Funding, Training, Humanity and Common Sense is Winning

The Complex Conundrum of Comorbidity

Graphic depicting ADS and possible comorbid conditions So, I've spent the past few days in a huge boiling vat of stress with my two youngest at home. The teen has autism, ADHD, anxiety, depression, sensory processing disorder and a learning disability, to name most of the letters floating around in her alphabet soup. I truly… Continue reading The Complex Conundrum of Comorbidity

At Least We’ll Die Together

Recently, my husband and I were on a short day trip away from home. I received a call from my daughter's school, but I was navigating in the vehicle and let the call go to voicemail. I never thought it was anything other than an announcement about pictures or news about an upcoming sale or… Continue reading At Least We’ll Die Together

The Circuitous Nature of Self-Care VS Self-Sabotage

I have diabetes. I first "acquired" it through three bouts of gestational diabetes. After the birth of my first daughter, I was borderline Type II, but I didn't really take that great care of myself, for a myriad of reasons. So, when I became pregnant with my son, I pretty much had it again as… Continue reading The Circuitous Nature of Self-Care VS Self-Sabotage

Navigating Life with the Autistic Adult Child

When I remember back to my son's early days, from toddler to high school student, it was tough. By tough, I mean "spending the night in the hospital waiting for your child to get a bed at a psychiatric facility tough" or "standing at the door, sobbing, hoping the police will not use the taser… Continue reading Navigating Life with the Autistic Adult Child

The Overthinking Mind

Some, most...ANYONE who knows me will tell you that I am a raging overthinker about everything. I have been criticized for it countless times, told that I am very negative. What people cannot see inside the person who is showing these signs is the deep, personal, internal struggle that the anxiety creates. In addition, these… Continue reading The Overthinking Mind

Not Coping with Your Anxiety because of your Anxiety

Unless you've lived with anxiety or have experience knowing people who do, it can be very difficult to recognize and/or understand just what is going on with a person. True anxiety that emerges can take shape in many forms. Someone who is anxious could lash out with anger, suddenly burst into tears, withdraw and become… Continue reading Not Coping with Your Anxiety because of your Anxiety

The Constant Assault of Anxiety

I have probably had anxiety for a lot longer than when I was first officially diagnosed with it. People who have anxiety have been labeled by friends and loved ones for all time, albeit not always with kind intentions. I remember being told I was disorganized, scatterbrained, a chatty cathy, overanalyzing, overthinking etc. Too many… Continue reading The Constant Assault of Anxiety

The Delicious Reveling in Being Alone

It took me (and is still taking by all realistic accounts) quite a long time to even begin to contemplate and comprehend being alone as a positive thing. Solitude is underrated, as we as human beings tend to flock towards being social. Terms like "close-knit neighborhood" and "cliques" and "belonging" to a book club/gym/group etc… Continue reading The Delicious Reveling in Being Alone

Trigger Warnings: Yup, I’m Going There

Where do I start? I didn't really see too much about this whole "controversy" because to be honest, I wasn't really paying attention. When I first read a little bit about the trending of the word, it took me back to my early thoughts on the word retarded. I've posted many times about it and… Continue reading Trigger Warnings: Yup, I’m Going There