Many of these are autistic traits. Like difficulty making eye contact and small talk. And have an incredibly difficult time reading the room. This also applies to mental disorders. Someone may have a panic attack and leave without saying anything. ADHDers commonly interrupt without realizing it, and even though we quickly correct ourselves, this article leaves very little room for forgiveness. I often HAVE to ask easy questions to make sure I understood correctly.

It is very easy for someone who can do all of this to say “do all of this,” but it stigmatizes mental health and neurodevelopmental disorder symptoms that really can’t be helped without significant distress and long-term damage. Inconsistency is often impossible with a disability, and we find ourselves overexplaining ourselves constantly.

And we shouldn’t have to disclose our disability to be liked or understood. Understanding that not everyone communicates the same way should be enough.

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