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)…
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In the third and final part of our three-part series, we have more unique thoughts from Spectrum Women on awareness, acceptance and action. Jen Elcheson – from the point of view of true awareness, self-acceptance, and ways we can all be active. There was a time, much like there is for most people new to autism, when I was not aware of autism, even though I had been given the professional identification! Of course there was not much information at that time and I was heavily in denial. I finally learned to accept my neurodivergence in my mid 20’s as […]