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First post 😊 does anyone else struggle to open up about their child's autism?
Hi my name is Sarah and this is my first post. I wonder if anyone has also experienced this; several years ago when my son was first diagnosed with ASD, I told friends and family about his diagnosis and received so many negative or trivialising comments that for a number of years I have found it too anxiety provoking to talk about him at all, unless I have too. The problem is I sometimes really want to talk about him and the challenges etc. He was diagnosed at age 3 and is now 11 and although I sometimes read other people's comments on forums like this I very rarely post. In real like if I'm in a situation where I realise someone is going to ask me questions about my son, my heart starts racing and I get really nervous. I feel a bit bad about this- that I should be better at talking about him but I'm so aware of the negative comments that could come next. It feels like I'm making myself really emotionally vulnerable by talking about difficult times etc and then if the person doesn't respond in an understanding way I regret saying anything. Is this just me? Thanks.