Photo taken by contributor autisticaplanet, a 33-year-old woman who has Asperger’s Syndrome and accompanying anxiety related to social and sensory issues. She also has OCD. She writes a blog to pass along lifelong lessons to help those, adults in particular, dealing with Asperger’s. She hopes to help neurotypical people better understand the “complexities within the complexities” of autism spectrum disorders. She’s had a passion for capturing images since childhood, when her father bought her a Kodak 110 on vacation. She has been told that she sees and captures what others overlook or miss. Her work has been featured in the Daily Herald as well as The MAAP Newsletter (an online newsletter for those with ASD and those who love them, www.aspergersyndrome.org).
About this photo: “I have seasonal depression (also known as SAD). It has been so bad this winter, that each day feels like trying to get through a maze. I took this photo on my mom’s birthday, one of the days I wasn’t sleeping away. I am also currently undergoing a medication adjustment to deal with severe agitation which makes me sleep even more. My psychiatrist told me that being autistic, psych meds don’t work as effectively as they do in non-spectrum people. Taken in my backyard.”