Profile picture
♪ Niki Haringsma ♫ @nikisketches
, 18 tweets, 3 min read Read on Twitter
(Thread)
#ActuallyAutistic symptoms media tend to ignore:

- Fluctuating emotional age
- Hypersensitivity to sounds, smells, tastes, bright lights
- Insomnia
- Compulsive talking about special interests (infodumping)
- Involuntary strict adherence to spreadsheets and lists
- All-consuming obsessions with crushes
- Inability to see a barrier between "me" and "rest of the world"
- Emotional response to other people's mistakes
- Feeling of sadness, helplessness, anger at spelling errors
- Inability to tell time; to distinguish past, present and future
- Taking things literally
- Hyperverbalism: intuitive understanding of etymology, grammar, spelling; inability to use "easy" words when "big" ones convey things better
- Sing-song voice OR flat affect
- Spinning, skipping, clapping, flapping, childlike or wooden body language
- Gastro-intestinal issues
- Susceptibility to sunburn, frostburn, razor burn; low pain threshold; thin skin; emotional pain response to hot and cold weather
- Able to enjoy parties when we know everyone, when we get to organise meticulously; parties full of strangers are hard
- Repeating other people's words (echolalia)
- Talking in other people's quotes
- Not responding when a response is required
- Expecting others to read our minds
- Talking in metonymy & expecting to be understood
- Expecting others to remember things 10+ years back in detail
- Compulsively correcting others
- Strong black/white sense of justice
- Animism: thinking of buildings, songs, plushies, characters, plants, instruments, paintings as sentient beings
- Extreme perfectionism
- Collection mania
- Extreme panic when misinformation is spread
- Stimming (compulsively moving fingers, scratching face, pulling hairs, tapping feet, muttering words, humming, singing)
- Extreme difficulty implementing "compliment sandwich" model of criticism
- Notion that friendships, relationships "are meant to be" & "will last forever"
- Feeling that liquids, hair, dirt will "stick to our skin forever"
- Difficulty wearing tight clothes, certain fabrics, visual patterns
- Strong aversion to specific colours, instrument sounds, food textures
- Office supplies, notebooks etc. "must" be arranged in straight lines
- Feelings of anger, helplessness when someone arrives 2 minutes late
- Compulsively turning any negative emotion into angers/sadness/nausea
- Emotional response to physical discomfort, e.g. bellyaches, elastic in clothes, the pressure of a band-aid
- Terrible gross motor skills
- Showing people a thing & FORCING them to watch every second of it in dead silence
- Showing 1 scene, expecting others to understand whole the series' emotional impact
- Assuming people are "good" because they share our interests
- "But I have to be the first / best / only one"
- Wiki addiction
- Incessant daydreaming about sharing obsessions with others
- Connotations last forever and ever
- Other people crying can feel like our own sadness
- "Wanna come with?" sounds like a question with 50/50 arbitrary yes/no choice
- Talking out loud when alone
- Inability to judge traffic situations
- Everything Is A Task
- Inability to distinguish between main issue and tiny details
- [tease close friends] [new person joins group] [TEASE NEW PERSON EVEN BEFORE INTRODUCTION]
- Considering music covers / biopics "disrespectful"
- Not experiencing binary gender, especially in childhood
- Experiencing a haze between body & self
- Mutism when things get socially scary
- "RUINED FOREVER"
- Assuming an entire group likes a thing because 1 person likes a thing
- Conlanging
- Designing homework for others
- Obsession with 1 parent, long-lasting rejection of other parent(s)
- Imaginary friends
- Genealogy obsession
- DINOSAURS
- Difficulty distinguishing characters & actors
- Touch All The Things
- Hug All The People OR Never Ever Hug
- Eating inedible things
- Things have specific orders: if step 1 looks a bit hard, step 2 "can't ever be reached"
- Terrible at understanding complex instructions, sequences (e.g. "One train leaves New York at 100 mph, the other...")
- Terrified of phone calls
- Difficulty washing, combing, styling hair
- "I was gonna eat 2 sandwiches but there was only one, so I couldn't eat any"
- Needle phobia
- Obsession with Latin / Classical Greek / Ancient Egyptian
- Music in minor key, with heavy bass, irregular beat, mean words = panic
- TALKING REALLY LOUDLY ALL THE TIME!

(End thread)
Whoops I misspelled anger XD

THERE ARE NOW TWO ANGERS
> the whole series', that is!
Missing some Tweet in this thread?
You can try to force a refresh.

Like this thread? Get email updates or save it to PDF!

Subscribe to ♪ Niki Haringsma ♫
Profile picture

Get real-time email alerts when new unrolls are available from this author!

This content may be removed anytime!

Twitter may remove this content at anytime, convert it as a PDF, save and print for later use!

Try unrolling a thread yourself!

how to unroll video

1) Follow Thread Reader App on Twitter so you can easily mention us!

2) Go to a Twitter thread (series of Tweets by the same owner) and mention us with a keyword "unroll" @threadreaderapp unroll

You can practice here first or read more on our help page!

Did Thread Reader help you today?

Support us! We are indie developers!


This site is made by just three indie developers on a laptop doing marketing, support and development! Read more about the story.

Become a Premium Member and get exclusive features!

Premium member ($3.00/month or $30.00/year)

Too expensive? Make a small donation by buying us coffee ($5) or help with server cost ($10)

Donate via Paypal Become our Patreon

Thank you for your support!