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Thursday, Jul. 21, 2016 - 7:40 p.m.

Things I have learned in the aftermath of the realization that I am autistic, as I read everything I can find on autism:

I don't need a formal diagnosis. I can see that the shoe fits. Just because I don't have a lot of the behaviors that other autistics do, just because I can pass as neurotypical, does not mean anything. There are things I thought were normal that, apparently, are not. Other things, I may never know. There are enough of them.

And there's no validity to an arbitrary threshold for autism, some point at which it becomes "pathological" and you suddenly cross over from "normal" to "autistic".

Read the manifesto of the Neurodiversity Movement and am totally on board.

I have been trying to pay more attention to how I feel in certain situations. When I go around strangers it is like a force field of discomfort.

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