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Living Life with ASD: Actualizing, Accepting, & Achieving

Throughout my life, I’ve felt out of place at times. It’s a pretty universal experience. Sometimes it feels like being a third wheel when out with a pair who were old friends or experiencing anxiety around a new or unfamiliar situation. But what happens when that’s the norm instead of a random occurrence?



In my years working with people who experience life on the Autism Spectrum, those are just a couple of ways they’ve expressed how they experience their diagnosis that really resonated with me. No matter the experience or feeling, the result of that sentiment is usually the same: 


I’m just different. I’m broken.


Feelings of Brokenness are Universal

So while I can’t even begin to say that I know what it is like to live with Autism, I know that most, if not all, of us have felt that way in life. To feel truly broken, different, or lost is a defeating place that can be easy to become stuck in. 


Through this universal experience that unites people of all backgrounds, we must find a way out of that dark perception and work towards a brighter outlook. Sometimes the brightness isn’t the success we (or our families) hoped for, but a future that is attainable and relevant which supports our happiness. Everyone should aim to build that sense of belonging in life!


What Should I Do?

But words are easy and the work is hard. But there are a few simple things to consider:


  1. It’s okay to be different. Different perspectives help us to see new ways to overcome challenges in an ever-changing world.

  2. Everyone has to find a way to make the most of what they have in life. 

  3. No one is so unique that there isn’t a solution to their problems.

  4. Changing long-held beliefs takes persistent work and a bit of time. 


While so many people experience changes and are forced to adapt to their unique circumstances, it can be difficult for people with Autism to adapt to life’s changes. If you or someone you know is struggling and seems stuck, it might be time to reach out and share your perspective with someone who is here solely to support and encourage you. 


At Mind Works Counseling Services in Lubbock, TX, we specialize in Autism Counseling to help you and your loved ones during trying times and we have counselors trained in offering DBT. You are not alone, and you don’t have to have all of the answers. If we can be of service, please reach out. 



To learn more about the Autism Counseling services we offer.


Contact us to make an appointment or to let us answer any questions you may have.

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