Welcome to my umpteenth blogging effort. I started, like most teenagers at the time, with an online diary in 2002. I moved from the diary site to WordPress and started an actual blog in 2007. However, it became inactiive in late 2011. In early 2013, I started blogging again, but went with Blogger. Now I’m back on WP, because it’s much niftier. Not that I have a clue what “nifty” means, but I stole it from someone moving blogging services years ago.
My name is Astrid and I was born in 1986. I was born three months premature, which caused me to develop an eye condition. I’ve been legally blind all my life and went totally blind when I was about eighteen. I’m also autistic (diagnosed in 2007 and rediagnosed in 2017) and self-identify with some other neurodevelopmental conditions. I consider myself an autistic activist.
In 2007, I was admitted to a mental hospital. I stayed in a mental health facility for 9 1/2 years and was finally able to leave in May of 2017. I now live with my husband, whom I married in 2011.
Besides autism, my diagnoses used to be dissociative identity disorder and PTSD. These were changed to borderline personality disorder in September of 2013. I was then diagnosed with dependent personality disorder (which I don’t believe I have) in 2016. My autism diagnosis was removed at the same time, hence my getting re-assessed and rediagnosed in 2017. I was then also diagnosed with recurrent depression. I have many symptoms that co-occur with personality disorders, depression and autism, but these do not warrant additional diagnoses at this point.
When I started blogging back up in early 2013, I wanted to have a diary-like blog again. Pretty soon, however, it morphed into the kind of advocacy blog I’d had on WordPress before. With this blog, I hope to incorporate both personal life experience and activism. I hope my blog is accessible to a wide audience. I participate in a few linkies in the hopes of reaching more people who might be interested in my less than ordinary life and might want to learn more about mental health and autism.