Things You Need to Know About Autism

I'm autistic if you are wondering. And more people need be aware about that some people with it can't control this stuff!
The Top Ten
1 We have a hard time making friends

We also have a hard time saying hi to family we don't see often. I'm autistic. Last year I went to a wedding in San Francisco. My relatives and cousins were all talking a lot to each others during the tea ceremony. (Some were from LA, some were from San Francisco, and some were from Philly like me). I had trouble saying hi to everyone because either I don't know how to approach them while they were talking to others since I'm not in the right age range among them (everyone is either older or younger than me, so I don't really fit in with them. I was 25 and many of my cousins were either in their 30s or teens) or everyone seems to not acknowledge my existence :(

I got diagnosed with autism today & I can totally aggree with this.

2 We are sensitive to loud noises

I hate to admit it but while I listen to loud music, I'm actually sensitive to loud noises. Screaming kids for example, my ears hate to hear that kind of noise

When it was my 12. birthday, I invited a few friends and my mom turned on my favorite music, and even if everyone agreed it's not loud, I said it was too loud... so please don't make loud noises around autistic people. It can make us nervous.

This is true. While I may not have it worse than other people do I'm very sensitive to loud noises.

Balloons popping, babies and kids screaming, Loud music, Fireworks, etc. Ugh!

3 We have a hard time with simple stuff

I'm 26 and I have no idea how to cook on the stove. I Want to learn, but my mom is ridiculously overprotective of me and thinks that if I cook with the stove, I'll accidentally burn the entire house down, so she won't let me do it.

And sometimes the complicated stuff is easier for us to understand

4 We can get mad easier

Eh I get a but angry sometimes but it's rare for me to get SUPER angry! When I am super angry I all of a sudden gain infinite strength so I am strong enough to flip over furniture. Moral: Don't make me angry!

True I'm autistic and I sometimes rage and freak out whenever I get mad. I try very hard to control my anger most of the time, though.

I also have depression and anxiety which I read can also cause angry issues so I get angry really easily.

Yeah, this is true for me. I have anger-management issues as well so I'm often irritable

5 We can't control it at times

If they can't control it, why do people bully them?

THANK YOU! I wish I can tell people that but admit it as me overactting

6 We want more space

I went to an event at the library and little kids were taking my personal space. I hate it when people take my personal space and especially when random people crash into you and stuff.

I absolutely hate it when I get touched by the hair or get poked. This happens the most in a crowd

My mom gets mad at me when I don't talk to her. I wish she would understand that I like to be alone

I can understand that

7 We may be smarter than the average person

I'm smart and I hate know it alls. But I do have a really bad knack for unintentionally ending up as the teacher's pet because I never talk in class (and most kids my age talk a lot in class).

8 We make movements that are hard to control

I have both Tourette syndrome and autism and it sucks. My tics (uncontrollable movements) are repeatedly blinking my eyes and grunting. It sucks

9 We are 28 times more likely to attempt suicide

I never felt suicidal fortunately and I'm not planning to give up my life because I know there will be lots of great things for me in the future. I feel sorry though for other autistic people who feel suicidal

Yeah. It's due to them being mistreated. The suicide rate in autistic people would be far lower if people actually accepting autistics

That's horrible! Brought tears to my eyes. You guys should be accepted throughout society

I can agree with this. Everybody bullies us to death!

10 It's not uncommon to have it

It's true! So don't act like it's their fault!

The Contenders
11 Boys are more likely to have it

The idea that boys get autism easier than girls not only it's sexist, but there lack of research on girls. girl on the Autism Spectrum Disorder are under diagnosed or misdiagnosed therefore don't get diagnosed until later in life.

I wish girls got it more I was told girls who are lazy, dirty, and/or childish are the weirdest human beings. So I was the only girl in special ed until only 2 GIRLS CAME! I wonder if they have autism too. I have a mild autism so yeah

It's a fact. Boys get it more often than girls. That doesn't mean girls never get it. They're just less likely to get it than boys.

This is wrong because people are born with autism but studies show that boys have it more than girls.

12 It's not a mental illness

So I just saw a popular list of the Worst Mental Illnesses just a few minutes ago, wondering what were the worst ones. Guess what was on there? That's right, Autism! UGH! I HATE it when people say its an illness and that it ruins their lives! In many ways, it can actually IMPROVE one's life!

It's not a mental disorder. It's a dysfunctional one.

It's a mental disorder, a dysfunctional one like the visitor said

13 We did not get it from vaccines

I hated anti-vax at first since they were letting them and their kids get illnesses but when they spread the "vaccines cause autism" myth my hatred for these anti-vaxxers increased. Now I hate them more than ever.

Please stop with that rumor. Please vaccinate your children.

Even if they did, an autistic child is better than a dead one.

14 We love things little kids like

It depends. I'm autistic and while I like cartoons like Disney's Hercules and Rugrats, I really hate baby shows like Barney, and I also like "grownup" stuff like "Criminal Minds" and "Hell's Kitchen"

I agree because I love The Backyardigans.

15 It has a spectrum and each sufferer is different.

Well, "sufferer" is a bit harsh, but yes.

16 We have a hard time in social situations

I had trouble saying hi to my relatives that I haven't seen FOR YEARS while attending a wedding once.

17 We may say things we do not really mean
18 We are more prone to depression

I have felt close to being depressed a few times. Unfortunately that was not so long ago which is why I took a break from this site. Not that I actually felt depressed though, I was just stressed. I would never fake depression

19 "Autistic" is not a synonym for "annoying" or "stupid"

Non-autistic people can be annoying, too!

I'm autistic and people call me annoying I have absolutely no friends at school

20 We have trouble understanding sarcasm and may not have much sense of humour

My friend saw this flaw of mine and came up with a private little system: if someone was being sarchastic and I didn't get it, he'd tell me "/s"

I'm autistic and I understand sarcasm and I can also be the queen of being sarcastic so there

21 A lot of famous people have autism

Albert Einstein had autism and he was one of the smartest people of all time!

Bill Gates, Isaac Newton, The guy who made Pokemon happen...

22 We are humans not animals
23 We need help to succeed in school
24 We may be smarter than the average person
25 We have a hard time talking to people
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