The artist for the above image is @Kayas_Kosmos!
Well… uhh… Mine are extremely varied…
I once read a tweet that I can’t find now that went something like:
ADHD: Interested in all the things!
Autism: I’m very deeply interested in one or two things
ADHD + Autism: I roll 2d6 to see which shiny thing I’m going to be very deeply interested in today
I’ll try and categorize them…
Mental Health Related
- Autism/ADHD – And specifically with a focus on ADHD & Autism Co-Occurring.
- The taxonomy of mental health diagnoses – I want to figure out what actually exists in mental health, currently I disagree with many diagnoses but I do not feel comfortable sharing until I’ve read everything.
- Pharmacology of Mental Health – The science behind pharmaceutical drug treatment of mental health
- Indigenous “lived experience” approaches to Mental Health – not white people’s books about the same subject.
- Taking down bad science w/ an intersectional lens – Hi Simon Baron-Cohen…
- Critical Psychology/Critical Psychiatry – looking into ways that these professions have done extreme harm to people
- The History of Mental Health – how mental health treatment and experience has changed over history.
- Sociology – the study of society, human social behaviour, patterns of social and relationships, social interaction, and culture that surrounds everyday life.
- Abolition – I am a strong believer in reforming the ‘Justice’ system – Police/Prisons don’t work.
- Climate Change – but I can’t anymore due to stress, things are getting worse each day and this can destroy me and put me in emotional meltdown if I spend too much time on it
- Morality/Ethics – Spend a lot of my time reading Moral Philosophy especially, Stoicism is one area I am far more interested in than others
- Modern Revolution Practices – how things like Arab Spring, and the Serbian overthrow of their dictator were achieved.
- Intersectional Feminism – A huge focus area of mine, but I still have a lot to learn as I was a white AMAB child raised in a toxic masculine culture.
- Cognitive History – this is a relatively little known/new theoretical field – The book The Patterning Instinct is amazing on this.
- Anthropology – Just interested in all history really, not huge on Wars but so much of history seems to be focused on that. Care more about cultural history – so anthropology it is.
- Religion – All religions, their texts, and their histories
- Ethics in Journalism – Critically looking at how news is reported.
- Hard Sci-Fi – Science fiction that’s based on science and seems feasible, or at least aims to be realistic.
- Future Society Sci-Fi – Things that look into a very cool idea around how things will be shaped
- Moral Sci-Fi – Science fiction with moral themes.
- Fantasy Fiction – I love well written and unique Fantasy Books, this is my genre of “easy reading”.
- Personal Account – unique perspectives, and deeply personal fiction.
- Poetry – It’s my favourite language, because I have to use analogy and metaphor to explain the world.
- Piano – learning to play at the moment, spend infrequent bursts learning
- Programming – although not for about two years as I have PTSD from a work environment, I can’t do it because of this.
- Writing – A lot of my time is spent writing, as well as blogging regularly – I am working on two books at the moment – one is an autobiography, the other a critical look at stigmatization of ADHD & Autism, how science has contributed, and how most things people understand are wrong.
- Poetry – Something I love writing, but I rarely share – due to having awful experiences when younger.
- Researching – Spend a lot of my time researching – especially for mental health stuff.
- Optimizing stuff – be it routines, ways of cleaning, anything I can do to increase efficiency.
- Technology – related to the last one but specifically innovations that are good for managing my executive function issues.
- Languages – I am not a polyglot, I know most languages at a basic level, and a lot of European languages are very similar, I am trying to learn more – and I really want to learn te reo Māori as it’s the most relevant in my life.
- Tweeting – I know people are like this is garbage, but I actually think Tweeting is super important for me – I process a lot of things on Twitter because the 280 character limit is good for making me condense my thoughts on a specific thing, and I can mind wander without realising to see how channels of perception work
- The Good Place – my favourite TV show due to my moral scrupulosity OCD, it’s messages, and it aligns heavily with my personal beliefs
- The Wire – my favourite Drama show. An excellent overview of a lot of society and the problems in a dramatic format with amazing characters.
- Parks and Recreation – How I want to see people who work in public service, I wish people cared this much.
- Community (Seasons 1-3) – Was an incredible show with a lot of variety, it got really good toward the end of Season 1, unfortunately after firing the show creator in Season 4 it was ok but never really recovered – also losing Troy was pretty bad.
- Rick and Morty – I love this show, I hate it’s fanbase who do horrible things, but I really like the show.
I don’t really do these all at the same time, I kinda flow in and out of my special interests. There are probably way more than this. I hyperfocus/hyperfixate on stuff at different times depending on the current social or environmental context.
Daily blog challenge
I will be writing every day on being Autistic for April using this list of prompts:
Alt-Text Format with links to other blogs – Autistic Acceptance Month – 30 Days of Acceptance and appreciation:
- Day 1 – Introduction
- Day 2 – What I love about being Autistic is…
- Day 3 – My diagnosis/discovery story
- Day 4 – Reactions to “coming out
- Day 5 – Special Interests
- Day 6 – Supports and Appreciation
- Day 7 – The Autistic Community
- Day 8 – Favourite Autistic Blog
- Day 9 – Favourite Autistic-owned Business
- Day 10 – Sensory Life
- Day 11 – Stims
- Day 12 – Favorite Autism-charity
- Day 13 – Family
- Day 14 – Routine
- Day 15 – Everyone should know…
- Day 16 – Work/School
- Day 17 – Accommodations
- Day 18 – Someday…
- Day 19 – I hate it when…
- Day 20 – Communication
- Day 21 – One thing other people don’t understand
- Day 22 – Dispel a myth
- Day 23 – Can’t live without…
- Day 24 – Political Issue
- Day 25 – Symbols!
- Day 26 – Favourite Autism book
- Day 27 – Identity Language
- Day 28 – Dealing with meltdowns
- Day 29 – Famous Autistics
- Day 30 – Acceptance means…