LIVING WITH AUTISM AND ANXIETY
I remember during my first year of university, a fact about myself that I was afraid to tell people was that I was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorder. With my disability, I can have a difficult time picking up social cues and sometimes wish these things would be easier for me. In addition to my disability, I also struggle a lot with my anxiety which can cause me to worry and overthink the simplest situations.
I first opened up about my disability at Brock University to a beautiful individual during my first year (who has become one of my best friends), she treated me with so much kindness and compassion. This person's reaction to knowing about my disorder encouraged me to slowly open up to more people about it.
As a result, I have met so many people who have accepted me as I am with my ASD and anxiety. I feel that I've changed so much over the past five years. I've become less reserved, more social, and most importantly more willing to take chances and try things I was scared of in the past. One of my other amazing best friends made a comment recently that the girl who they met during second year would be very intimidated by the girl they know now and that as a result. I've changed for the better!
If there is anything I've learned this year it is to not be afraid to reach out, not think of myself as a burden and to not fight this uphill battle with my mental health alone!