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The Obsessive-Compulsive Dynamic

Photo taken by contributor autisticaplanet, a woman in her thirties 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 has had a passion for capturing images since childhood, when her father bought her a Kodak 110 on vacation. She’s 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, a publication for those with ASD and those who love them.

About this photo: “​​This photo of a Sunflower took on a meaning all its own in post editing. It reminded me of OCD, how I can become fascinated and fixated on a single subject to the point of my priorities becoming out of whack. A lot of people on the autism spectrum have a co-morbid of OCD. It works to my betterment if I keep a schedule of my daily routine and set time limits for each activity. I am also on medications that help me work around some of my ASD symptoms, including the obsessive-compulsive dynamic.”

More from autisticaplanet at her website.


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9 comments on “The Obsessive-Compulsive Dynamic

  1. Developing A New Image
    September 10, 2014

    Allison….welcome to BL, you are amongst an understanding and compassionate group. Hope to see more from you…en theos…j

    Liked by 1 person

    • autisticaplanet
      September 11, 2014

      Thank you. I have found BL to be a safe haven for my photography and hopefully a way to give back to other members.


  2. LadyPinkRose
    September 10, 2014

    GORGEOUS!!!!! WOW!!!! xx Amy

    Liked by 1 person

    • autisticaplanet
      September 11, 2014

      Thank you! I appreciate your comment.


  3. Karen
    September 10, 2014

    thanks for this photo. gives me a different view of one of my favorite flowers.

    Liked by 2 people

    • autisticaplanet
      September 11, 2014

      I am glad I was able to share the same thing I saw, a variation of theme that had personal meaning to me.


  4. autisticaplanet
    September 11, 2014

    Reblogged this on autisticaplanet blogs and commented:
    One of my pictures that Broken Light posted on their blog. If you have a mental illness or developmental disability (with or without a co-morbid), consider joining BL. They are now a 501c3 trying to help those with aforementioned conditions heal through photography.


  5. Dreams and Zeros
    September 12, 2014

    Wonderful shot!


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