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Autism and Not knowing how you are feeling or how others are feeling.

rubin16
rubin16 Community member Posts: 290 Pioneering
I have always struggled with not knowing how i'm feeling, or understanding emotions and the emotions of others and it has always got me in alot of trouble with family and friends who think I don't care as I rarely show empathy towards others or ever express emotion. I just always act the same not matter what the occasion which is niether happy or sad just normal, I find it really hard to cry too and be upset in a bad situation.

Another thing I have a problem with is not feeling hunger or when I need to goto the bathroom till I really have to go, or i'm feeling dizzy becuase I have forgotten to eat. I only ever eat one meal a day and its really late in the evening as I forget to eat or don't feel like eating becuase I don't feel hungry.

I never really thought of these being seperate conditions linked to Autism, Alexithymia and Interoception which I learned yesterday at an Austism Online group info session.

Does anyone else have similar experiences?

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  • Alex_Scope
    Alex_Scope Posts: 7,562 Scope online community team
    I don't have experience of this myself @rubin16 but it sounds like the Autism Online session was really informative for you, that's great to hear!

    Will there be another session soon? 
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  • rubin16
    rubin16 Community member Posts: 290 Pioneering
    Yeah they have a session every month, and they cover different subjects related to autism and share experiences. I have been apart of it for like 6 months and have learned alot about why I do the things I do.
  • Alex_Scope
    Alex_Scope Posts: 7,562 Scope online community team
    That's wonderful @rubin16 things like that can be a real eye opener can't they? :)

    I sometimes find with disability there's not many places you can easily find information on what things are like 'day to day'. I hope this community is one of those places for it's members!
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  • L_Volunteer
    L_Volunteer Community Volunteer Adviser, Scope Member Posts: 7,979 Disability Gamechanger

    How do you feel about these things @rubin16? I am autistic but I am more ‘in tune’ with myself and my emotions and the emotions of other people. 

    I do sometimes not recognise I am hungry though, particularly if I am busy! So, there are times when I can experience this.

    Generally, though, I have a strong appetite but don't always recognise when I am thirsty. I use a drinks bottle with timings on it for this reason (keeps me hydrated)  :p  

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  • durhamjaide2001
    durhamjaide2001 Scope Member Posts: 9,775 Disability Gamechanger
    I have autism I can relate to you as I can't read how other people are feeling. 

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