Asperger's? Empathy?My grandma was actually the first to say she thought I had Asperger's. I pretty much immediately said that I didn't, though I admitted that I shared some similarities. Well, about a year later, I started to think more and more about those similarities that may not be just similarities. On the show, Parenthood, a kid named Max has Asperger's, and many sources say that the portrayal is exceptionally accurate. I could relate tremendously to Max, and yet I know that my own experiences and how I've handled things in life are quite a bit different. However, Max seems to be on the somewhat more severe side of the Asperger's spectrum, which may yet still be on the mild side of the autism spectrum. Max is the key reason why I thought I had similarities, yet did not have Asperger's.
Later on in the series, the character Hank - a successful photographer who has fumbled all his relationships with people his entire life - reads a book about Asperger's to try to
Big vs SkinnyYou say that big is beautiful
That it's the new 'in thing'
You talk about how nice I'd look
If only I weren't thin
But will you come to realise
That it really isn't right
To say that we're not big enough
And take our name in spite?
You may have gotten insults
From some idiotic men
But when you call us skin and bones
You're just as bad as them
To say that big is beautiful
Is fine and true to say
To say that big is better
Is to think a hateful way
Nothing's better, nothing's 'right'
We're built to look unique
To say we're pretty, big and skinny
That's the peace I seek
It's easier to get along
When we're not starting fights
To see the wars of big vs skinny
Aren't such pretty sights
So lets find a happy medium
To stop this pointless hate
Let's have respect for everyone
No matter what their weight
And when we all abide by this
We'll see what happens then
A world full of less hate and fear
And more friendship again
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It's preferred that the art submitted has at least something to do with invisible illnesses (not necessarily specifying the theme of 'invisible'), though this isn't necessarily an unbendable rule.
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This blog has resources for various invisible illnesses: invisible--scars.deviantart.co…
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A nice little video detailing what it's like to live with an 'invisible illness.'
I do not necessarily condone or agree with all of the material in the websites below; they are strictly resources for you to utilise as needed or as you wish.
National Suicide Prevention Hotline www.suicidepreventionlifeline.…
Ok2Talk - A website for talking when feeling your worst
The You Matter Program from the Suicide Prevention Hotline
Invisible Illness Statistics: invisibleillnessweek.com/media…
Illness Associations and Foundations: invisibleillnessweek.com/media…
Things to Write About Regarding Invisible Illnesses: invisibleillnessweek.com/media…
Some Professional 'Testimonials' Regarding Invisible Illnesses: invisibleillnessweek.com/media…
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