AUTISM IS INVISIBLE

Saturday, December 17, 2016

This video was made over a year ago. I have since realized that terms like High Functioning and Low Functioning are inaccurate and harmful to others on the spectrum. I will put a link to an article explaining why I believe this in the description. I am choosing to leave the video up because I believe the point that I am trying to make is a very good one. Basically, what I am trying to say in this video is that Autism is invisible, and that some people have learned to hide it. And since we hide it very well, we are considered high functioning because we don’t “get in the way” as much as others might. But this does NOT mean that we have “mild autism”, It means that we are good actors who struggle immensely when no one else is looking. Just like non-autistics, Autistic people all have different personalities. Some of us are loud and some are quiet, some are artsy and some are techy, etc. It seems to me that autstic people are the extreme/intense versions of “regular” personalities. But that is just a personal observation.
Here are the articles:
http://www.snagglebox.com/article/autism-functioning
http://ollibean.com/2013/09/26/problems-functioning-labels/

http://neurowonderful.tumblr.com/post/83446155994/on-functioning-labels


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20 Comments

  1. Scare your friends Shtless says:

    Hey really cool video, I found this so interesting!! To be honest I am so glad to find others with Aspergers on YouTube, I was starting to think I was the only Aspie on YouTube haha! 😂😄👍

  2. Daniel K says:

    I had what u described, I just couldn't be present, my mind wondered to other place, I would try to have a job and when they explained what to do I just couldn't force my mind to listen ,I wasn't aware that this isn't normal it was depressing … but this year I'm 23 and I think I'm getting so much better since I started doing meditation, so I suggest seriously trying meditation , sorry for my English, not my native language

  3. Nate Scheve says:

    Hi there! so donno if this helps but try to focus on one thing that you wanna talk about then move on then try to talk about two things and put those together because i tend to mix my self around then i get lost that or i get carried away or get off subject.

  4. Aimee Scutari says:

    You aren't jesus; youre a besutiful mystical fairy. c: I have the type of autism that everyone sees me as normal, but dont know I have it. Sometimes I dont think about my actions. Youre actually making me open up and im suprised that I am.

  5. Rhea Raab says:

    This video made me cry and laugh out of relief. Just cause I can relate so much and now I know what the hell it is that I'm working with!

  6. fireflyfree311 says:

    We are adaptable to any situation and can be whatever we want to be in the situation we are in. Sometimes copying is fun! For me smells bug me a lot. I am very sensitive to smells. Sometimes I get sick or nauseous, or hard time breathing, it gives me anxiety.

  7. Carole Pearson says:

    Thank you for this video. I can relate to much of what you said. I'm a 51 year old nurse from London U.K. I was born in 1965, and throughout my childhood I was always different, or so I felt. I just didn't understand why. I was one of 6 kids, so probably didn't stand out as being different, if I'm honest. But I never quite got the rules of life. Y'know, what to say and when to say it. My mind was all over the place. Flitting from this to that. I was quite disruptive in class for that reason.

    I've always thought of my self as an actress in the world. Copying others, how they spoke. What they said, in any given situation. So that I could use that if I was in that situation. It was exhausting I remember that much. I've never heard anyone describe themselves that way before, I thought it was just me. So when you said something similar it took my breath away. I've never told anyone that before now.

    I've never had a formal diagnosis. I, along with my close friends and colleagues at work, know I'm HFA. I've known myself for a while, its obvious, at times, because I feel comfortable around some people and I can be myself, albeit a little quirky. Outside in the street I act a different way, the "proper way".

    HDD? I've had it all of my life. I was a very brIght child and had a thirst for knowledge. I just didn't quite fit in. I've had 51 years to perfect my role as an actress. People have often said I should be on the stage. If only they knew.

    I've done some of my own research on HFA, especially relating to older people diagnosed with it. There are so many similarities in the experiences these people have in life.
    HFA is invisible, so people, in general, see you as a little quirky. I don't really tell them that I see things differently to them. The way of interpreting things, people, sudden sounds, smells, patterns in things…the list is endless, but they don't get it. So I just carry on acting.

    I sound all down trodden and beat, sorry. That's the funny thing, I'm not. I've learned a tremendous amount in the past 51 years. I've experienced some of the most beautiful places on earth. Met the most wonderful, diverse people and experienced all the usual ups and downs.
    If I had any words of advice for anyone with HFA, it would be to not let your compulsive ways stop you from experiencing life. We over analyse everything, but try to be a little more spontaneous and make yourself do things, even when you feel you don't want to. Society will never learn our language/minds, not truly. You learn to blend in, as best you can.
    I do think we can enlighten others though.
    I recently asked some of my close family and friends to read a couple of articles on HFA and try to understand where I'm coming from. I've seen changes in some people. The way they give me information and the way I need to visualise things sometimes. My colleagues have begun to speak pigeon HFA.
    So, little steps I would say. Big hug x

    WOW, I'm such a chatterbox!

  8. Matthew Jones says:

    3 years ago and still gaining views with more to come. Good job and hope things are well.

  9. Lauren Marzlock says:

    Wow this sounds alot like me Hannah. I was also diagnosed with Aspergers and Autism as well.

  10. Joshua Berg says:

    Holy shit dude. I've never met anyone else who deals with these things, I didn't realize there was a name for this.

  11. Joshua Berg says:

    holy. fucking. shit. this is me. this makes so much sense.

  12. Elizabeth Candebat says:

    It will get easier as you get older on many levels. You will learn and grow, and along the way your insight will expand. This is coming from a 46 year old psych NP without a formal diagnosis, who feels your pain. I wish you all the best! :)

  13. TinaLovesJesus says:

    God bless you my friend,l have noticed that some of your manerisms are similar to mine in the videos,l never knew or noticed it either until a friend said l have aspergers and im 40,but like you l noticed myself swaying abit when talking and touching my face alot and and clasping hhands into a fist alot.

  14. ComingSoonCharmingRuins says:

    I think you're amazing. I mean, I only know what I saw in this 15 minute video, but I wish had more people like you in my life right now. Interaction is just so exhausting. I just wish it was socially acceptable to just sit in silence when "hanging out". That's the hardest part about getting up every morning, is the thought of just how draining it's going to be to pretend all day.

  15. Jae Jabberwocky says:

    Do you feel like you have no true identity?

  16. sima soumi says:

    my son is the same to the point he is dismissed by all the psychologists he saw that he has any issue. meanwhile he is labelled as a bully at preschool still on the hunt to find the best assessment and the best person who can identify his problem and his needs so i can help him thanks for the video

  17. Eruza Scarlet says:

    My roommate next to me bugs the crap out of me when she slams the door in the middle of the night. I hated loud noises like fireworks when I was younger too

  18. Eruza Scarlet says:

    I'm the same way with the whole using words instead of speaking deal

  19. Eruza Scarlet says:

    Instead of normal you could say "neurotypical"

  20. Kawaii Star says:

    Thank you for making this video. I have been looking back on my life. I have been trying to find myself for a long time. Autism makes the most sense to why I am the way I am. And I think my sister has it as well. I'm lucky my now husband stuck with me with me through 8 years when I had episodes. I relate about what you said about not keeping close friends. I struggle with learning. I struggle with managing money. Everywhere I go people question why I'm so quiet and they hate it. I can't handle when people are mad, aggressive and negative. I shut down. I take too long to respond to people and people hurry up and finish my sentences. I have always felt people treated me like I'm slow. But I'm not slow, I think differently. I have obsessive thoughts and deep thinking. I can get easily overwhelmed by tasks and I need to take breaks. So enough about me. I love your hair and style. And thank you again.

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