I managed to catch up with the Paddy and Christine McGuinness autism documentary

I finally managed to watch the Paddy and Christine McGuinness autism documentary. I didn’t get around to watching it until tonight. It wasn’t as awful as I assumed it might be. Simon Baron-Cohen is not a popular name within the adult autistic community. I met him when I was sectioned in a psychiatric hospital when I was a teenager. He was doing some research and the hospital put forward who they thought would be appropriate for what he was researching. I don’t get involved in the controversies of the autism politics. That is a waste of time as nothing progresses if everyone is conflicting with each other. I have been through some extremely tough times due to my autism but thankfully I am able to live independently. I didn’t really have a choice as I got older.

I don’t get any formal support now and I haven’t for a few years. The support available kind of wavers after you get past your 20s. I know that the support available are totally pot luck depending on which part of the country a person lives. It has never been great in Leicestershire. That is why I am considering moving away somewhere new where there is support services available. The quality of services here just aren’t great and I am not getting what I should be entitled to for at least 4 years now.

I have mixed feelings on the documentary but in general I approve of it. There was no fakery and embellishment of facts, just honesty portrayed in a simple way. I just have one thing to say to parents of autistic people. It is okay to find the road confusing. None of us have all the answers. Don’t read hours and hours worth of things about autism because you will just end up confused more than when you first started researching. Instead, talk to autistic adults about their experiences first hand. We grew up with the condition and the textbook version of autism is totally not the reality for many with the condition.

Author: Diary of a Painfully Shy Introvert

A blog written by a female diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome but suspected PDA in more recent years. Musings of a Trainee Battleaxe was created to not only create awareness of the PDA part of the spectrum; but also to educate the public hopefully creating understanding in order to stop future generations being let down and labelled negatively. Disclaimer: There may be parts of this blog which viewers may find upsetting as it contains accounts of real life events which have been quite traumatic. However, it is all to help create a sense of understanding and combat the fear surrounding all aspects of mental illness and Pathological Avoidance Syndrome (a very little understood part of the autistic spectrum).

2 thoughts on “I managed to catch up with the Paddy and Christine McGuinness autism documentary”

  1. I’d like to watch this documentary. I heard that Paddy and his partner had had two autistic twins, which must be hard work. Our daughter was diagnosed with Autism around 12 months ago, and now the health professionals are saying they don’t think she has it now. But I’ve always known there’s something a little different. It doesn’t bother me either way, she’s our little princess and we love her, but I would just like a solid diagnosis. I’ll have to see if I can get hold of this in Australia. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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