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 about ten years ago. I’m also autistic (diagnosed in 2007) and self-identify with some other neurodevelopmental conditions. I consider myself an autistic activist.
I reside in a mental institution and have since 2007. Besides autism, my diagnoses used to be dissociative identity disorder and PTSD. These were changed to borderline personality disorder in September of 2013. I still talk about my alters sometimes, because I don’t think they’ve suddenly become non-existent now that my therapist thinks I don’t have DID after all. I suffer from a lot of co-occurring symptoms and I could’ve had many other diagnoses in addition to the BPD. I am in therapy and take psychiatric medication.
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.