Before anyone complains at me about any sort of misrepresentation, I can confirm I am not...as someone diagnosed AS Aspergers/HFA (I wasn't kidding, it's debated whether they're the same or not) since I was a kid. As a kid I didn't understand what it meant, and even as an adult it's still something I am trying to wrap my head around.
And straight up, roleplay on online forms and with friends I made online has helped me to 'get' people, and act more normal. So Bella's words about characters perhaps taking on 'more than they should' from their creators is very much a self-aware joke at myself.
Next comic is Wednesday.
This is probably unwarranted, but HUGS.('>')>.
Did I do the thing right? This is my first time doing it.
If you mean a hug emoji, I had no idea that was even thing. Looks like a hug to me. So good job!
And I come from a supportive loving family so hugs are rarely ever unwarranted. Unwarned can kind of surprise me which isn't necessarily great, but otherwise go ahead.
I will also give HUGS! (I think it's (:)\/<, I did a quick search and there seems to be a few of them, which vary depending on the kind of hug you're given.
Seriously, I don't mind this plot development, I'm actually diagnosed with Aspergers as well, still a bit hazy on what it actually means for me (besides making it more difficult to talk to people sometimes), and from what I've seen of Lapis/Bella, it makes sense that she's have it as well
My cousin's the same way, so I kind of get it. No worries, you've got plenty of support here, me included.
Needling Haystacks (Guest)
I am familiar with the debate. My dad was mostly convinced I was Asperger's or whatever, but the psychiatrist wasn't so sure. Social anxiety + OCD presents some similar traits, but not all.
Regardless, was that a Wander over Yonder reference? I'm am annoyed with how that show was treated.
Hey, I'm on the spectrum, too! I was diagnosed when I was 11 (I think), and I actually discovered gaming a year later, with D&D 4e. But for me, it wasn't really about therapy so much as just plain geeky fun. I was the guy who had the rules memorized after a few months XD
But yeah. Being (technically, numerically) an adult on the spectrum can be tough. In my experience, it's a different balance of mental and social traits that, while just as valid a skill set, can really hinder you within preexisting social/economic systems. Being able to write three minutes of awesome dance music in three hours or thoroughly deconstruct the theological foundations of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is completely useless when you have to write a ten-page research paper on a current political controversy. Thank God for disability accommodations. -_-
If you think that's bad, try having it and ADHD at the same time.
You're right. I have no idea what that's like. For the record, I also struggle with chronic pain and the occasional bout of depression; but that's not the point. The sad truth is that, in spite of sharing a diagnosis or two, we each experience our disabilities (and by extension, life) differently. And then there's grading. I can always say that "my can of worms smells worse than your can of worms," but there is absolutely nothing preventing you from saying the same. Way I see it, the best we can do is just agree that life sucks any way you cut it.
Crap how do I delete comments I thought you were replying to mine
Only registered members can delete comments. I think Rastaba can delete comments on this comic, but I'm not sure.
In the same bloody boat as you here, even if it took until I was over 13 before Aspergers started being diagnosed so I had some idea what was off in my mind to create my issues. And yeah, roleplaying has helped me to understand people better, as has writing.
So here's a big hug from me to you, knowing I'm right where you are. *hug*
I have ADHD, but I can't say that's as bad as Asperger's, because I've never experienced it! Still, I know someone with it, and I try to support them, so you're good! Also...
"An enemy's just a friend you haven't made yet"?
How about "It never hurts to help?" WoY campaign anyone?
Aspergers and ADHD and Depression and I'm with ya, Table topping and forum rping really helps *fist bump* keep up the good work BTW ^_^
If you're Bella and I'm Manny, I wonder who all the other campaign comic writers are. Is Brax Abby?!
Pretty much. Maybe a bit of Sammy sprinkled in here and there.
Even as someone that predates all those diagnostics (I'm from the time when 'Retarded' was considered to be a real medical condition and was used to cover all of the spectrum and more. Yeah, I'm old.) I can still say I understand to some extent. I started D&D back when Gygax first published it in the white box, and used it to manage my own issues. Different ones from what you're managing, but still problems that would have been difficult to live with otherwise.
Cliff Robotnik (Guest)
...WELP, you, lapis, and I are ALL THE SAME when it comes to this stuff, and how Tabletop rpg's have helped us....
....good lord I did NOT ask for feels today man.....(>o.o)> here have a Kirby hug!
So what was that about cherry Blossom wings???
Speaking as another on the spectrum, roleplaying really helps. For me, it's much easier with text than in voice. I have trouble working out the right vocabulary and vernacular for linguistic efficiency... and sometimes go excessively abstract in my choices to overcompensate. Text? I have all the time I need, as long as people don't try to rush it... And working out characters and personalities, preferences that I can follow or at least understand (even if they aren't mine), and dealing with others in a safe "it's not really real" scenario helps a lot with figuring out how to reduce stress for real life. Nothing's perfect, or works the same for everyone of course. But it's good fun, and I like thinking it helps, at least
High-functioning girl right here!
Didn't want to jump to conclusions but it was decently obvious. What wasn't was that she took those qualities from the author. 64432543221.