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LittleHelp wrote

Being autistic can contribute to being entitled to disability benefits depending on where you live.

Telling people around you that you are autistic may also help them interact with you and understand you (depending on what kind of people you are around ofc).

Similarly, knowing that you are autistic may help you understand yourself and your own behaviour, feelings and moods, and it may improve your ability to avoid things that you then would know can contribute to distress.

For example, autism is sometimes associated with occurrences of sensory overload. If you know you are vulnerable to sensory overload, and you find yourself anxious, or in a bad mood, it might help to remember that you might be overloaded and you could perhaps turn down the music you might be listening to or move to a location with less noise/light.

Also, knowing that you are autistic can be a label to find other people who are also autistic, which may help discover strategies to navigate a world that is often hostile to autistic people by sharing resources/knowledge on the topic and building a community.

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bloodrose wrote

As someone only very recently diagnosed, I am still exploring the benefits of knowing this about myself. It helps me to know about autistic meltdown and my sensory issues. I've started to pay attention and noticed my tolerance for sensory issues. I can now tell before it breaks me and makes me cry or freak out and address it. Now, I can't really address it with people I work with but with my family, I can say "hey all, there's more noises happening at once than I can deal with. If we can turn one or more off, I can stay in the room or else I have to leave."

I am also aware of "masking". I thought this was just a thing everyone did and to some extent it is. But I spend a lot more mental cycles paying attention to what my face is doing at all times. I'm trying to learn to unmask at times when it is safe to do so to try to relieve some of the exhaustion/mental burden of masking.

Similarly, I've learned some of the weird vocal stuff I do is stimming. And I'm letting myself get away with it more often because it feels good.

So, all in all, it's helping me be kinder and gentler to myself.

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Fool wrote

Aside from possibly disability benefits.

I think it goes in a few ways,

  • Exploration of your own mind/heart.

  • Exploration of what society classifies as unwanted or anti-social behaviour, from a personal standpoint.

  • Strengthened empathy and renewed outlook for others labelled under the spectrum.

  • Your own in-group for online IdPol warfare - go out and cancel someone - I'm being partially silly but it's fun to pull the "disability" card on people screaming about anti-civ being ableist.

  • Possibly prescription stimulants if officially diagnosed for needing and available in your region.

  • For kids - early intervention can be huge - attending programs for building specific skills, before school traumatise them for not having "normal skills".

(I would also add, trauma can also be the cause behaviour associated with Autism)

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Tequila_Wolf OP wrote

Thanks everybody for your answers, they were useful.

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tubers wrote (edited )

I think diagnoses are meant to help people with similar challenges approach those challenges using shared techniques. Autistic people are often encouraged to explicitly work on their ability to read social cues, for example.

Edit: remove link to Autism Speaks.

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Fool wrote

I'll just mention that Autism Speaks is pretty reviled by the Neurodiverse community - they're known for being dismissive of the views of people with Autism, and for promotion of harmful behaviour therapy.

(I don't have any personal experience with them, just what I've gleaned from the interwebs.)

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tubers wrote

Thanks for mentioning that. I would not have known otherwise! I just picked something from the top of the search results. I'll edit my comment. Do you have another source that you do find suitable?

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asterism wrote

I thought your sentence said Diogenes instead of diagnoses and I was so confused

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