life lessons from a "difficult child"

Paginated Thoughts

In preschool, I ran circles around my classmates.

Here’s the stack of novels she’s read today.” The teachers would indicate a large stack of books in kindergarten in first grade to my mother.“Here’s the amount of classwork she’s done.” A stack of uncompleted worksheets.

I thought the psychiatrist’s questions were rather pointless. His condescending manner struck me even as a young child. I couldn’t express it in words, so I bit and threw anything I could at him. By the first grade he had given me diagnoses of Oppositional Defiant Disorder, ADHD, and anxiety.

Age 14: I am diagnosed as autistic alongside those.

Age 16: depression.

Throughout: Social skills work. Therapy. Psychiatrists. Medications.

My life has been a cocktail of medications prescribed as diagnoses tacked on each other. My body and brain rejected many of them. Some altered my mood dramatically; others made me…

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My name is Nathan Young. I'm the founder of the Autism Candles project. I am a self-advocate. The candle project exist to make a statement about inclusion and opportunity. My email is Feel free to contact me.


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