Welcome to October’s segment of Asking Spectrum Women with Becca Lory Hector. This month Becca discusses three questions asked by our followers. First up (01:18) Becca discusses identifying with autism, validation, and seeking diagnosis. The second part (06:40) focuses on masking and is it possible to “unmask”. The last part of the video (14:17) Becca explores PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance) and Executive Functioning and what is looks like in adults. If you have a question you would like answered, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or Becca directly at email@example.com
Kate Ross of gives her insight on burnout.
Terri Mayne shares her tips for dealing with executive dysfunction.
Becca Lory Hector tackles questions from readers asking about regression and mental health.
Jen Elcheson gives her insights on social hangovers, and self-care.
Renata Jurkevythz gives her personal perspective on the question “Is self-diagnosis valid?”
Yenn Purkis tackles the question, how to ensure clinicians are actually helpful, especially around mental health?
Becca Lory Hector responds to a reader in the UK who finds herself questioning her diagnosis (with a little bit of help from Schmitt the cat)…
Trigger Warning ***This is an article on suicide prevention.*** In honor of September being National Suicide Prevention month, I thought I’d dedicate this column to issues of suicide in the autism community. While I do understand suicide is not a welcome topic, I believe that is one of the reasons it is such a problem. No one wants to talk about it. Although, I believe if we did talk about it more, people wouldn’t feel like they have to keep their feelings a secret and there’s a better chance they will reach out for help. Another unwelcome topic, at least […]
By Christine Jenkins, Spectrum Women Magazine international correspondent. I talked recently with Kristín Vilhjálmsdóttir about this new documentary. She is a translator based in Reykjavik, Iceland, and one of the 17 voices in the 90-minute film, Seeing the Unseen. When you consider the whole population of her country is 340,000, about one third of my urban municipality of Ottawa, Seeing the Unseen is a major achievement. It looks at the lives of 17 teen girls and women on the autistic spectrum and is presented by the Icelandic Autistic Society. The narration is based on a large portion of the poem […]