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AUTism… the adjective


Different Natural Selection by Donna Williams

Autism is a medical diagnosis according to DSM criteria. AUTistic, however, is not only a description of those with autism, it is an adjective describing self orientation/containment and there are so many roads and reasons why a person may become entrenched in an AUTistic state that its no surprise the range of people who come to identify with the term ‘autistic’.

AUTistic as an ADJECTIVE meaning (SELF oriented/contained) … brain fog and immune related brain issues can make one AUTistic…. social emotional agnosias or significant visual/verbal/body agnosias can make one AUTistic…. communication disorders can…. dissociative disorders can…. OCPD (Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder) is essentially an AUTistic personality disorder…. being Schizoid/Schizotypal are AUTistic personality disorders, having AvPD (Avoidant Personality Disorder) is essentially AUTistic, having DPD (Dependent Personality Disorder) is AUTistic and narcissistic, and NPD (Narcissistic personality disorder) and BPD (Borderline personality disorder), Passive Aggressive Personality Disorder, are essentially ME oriented personality disorders, drug/alcohol/computer/gambling addiction is AUTistic,… being hypervigilant to the point of social paranoid, or being too highly sensing or too real or too deep in a world of bullshit and ego can make one more AUTistic, being developmentally delayed or disabled in a world that co-opts that, pursues it, flagwaves it, uses it as currency, excludes or cashes in on that can make that person self contain, feel more AUTistic, so no wonder so much confusion/identification/debate about what IS versus what is EXPERIENCED as “AUTism”.

Having met personality disordered adults who with autism who were diagnosed in early childhood and having met personality disordered and dysfunctional adults who had no such childhood diagnosis, I know that without giving these people the ability to discuss their stuff they can too easily use the ‘autism’ idea to excuse it instead of address it.

So as we rip and shred and hate and harm and hurt and haul this person or that person over the coals of debate and diagnosis, maybe we should sociologically acknowledge the adjective of AUTistic so this vast range of people can discuss their alienation, derealisation, disorientation, and disabilities whilst acknowledging where and if and how they do or did fit a DSM for the medical condition of autism.

Donna Williams, BA Hons, Dip Ed.
Author, artist, singer-songwriter, screenwriter.
Autism consultant and public speaker.

I acknowledge Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the Traditional Owners of this country throughout Australia, and their connection to land and community.