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Depression Self

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:

You are slowly killing me with your random chaos

Making my life unlivable

Reduced to survival

Feeding on tranquilizers

Drowning in sleep

 

I am slowly forgetting

The memories that made me notorious

To neurotypicals

But the sounds haunt me clearly

 

Every car door is an M80

Every creaking door a screaming child

Every scraping and/or booming sound a barking dog

 

Panic, startle, (if I can remember, breathe) tranq- repeat.

This is not a life.

This is my life.”

Find more from autisticaplanet at her website

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One comment on “Depression Self

  1. rothpoetry
    August 31, 2016

    An amazing poem! Thanks for sharing!

    Liked by 2 people

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