It’s not always easy to understand Autism and how we may present. Unless you have autism, it’s not something anyone without the condition will completely understand.
But Autism is a disability and no two people with the condition will present in the same way. How it plays out will differ. A cross-wired brain will always be a cross-wired brain. Trying to fit a square peg into a round hole can never work.
We have anxiety because it’s how Autism presents. It’s never easy having to mould ourselves into our lives around those who don’t have Autism. Having watched again ‘Chris Packham’s’ BBC documentary, his experiences have reinforced more of my own issues.
Autism is high functioning. We find social interaction and communication difficult, as part of the condition we may also fail to interpret and miscommunicate. In Chris’ documentary he talks about living by himself because that way ‘he gets to be himself.’ Trying to fit Autism into other people’s lives is never easy.
Therefore, it is important for anyone like myself and living with the condition, be allowed to be who we are. Any form of stress or uncertainty we deal with becomes a trigger. Where we will fail to understand or communicate effectively, others must understand.
Although Autism is high functioning, I am lucky my Autism is mild. Where I’m not so lucky is that others still fail to understand how I present. Because my Autism is mild it completely went unnoticed. It isn’t always something you see, but it is something you hear.