January 28: You Aughta Know This Week

Protesting people, how to ADHD and more.

This week in ADHD

How to ADHD is running a Patreon campaign to get sponsors for her videos.

ADHD is such a weird condition. Most people think it means one thing, a hyperactive little boy, and no one seems to understand what it means to be an ADHD adult woman. Mentioning a specific thing I can’t do and explaining the problem is my ADHD is like saying I can’t do something because I’m German. It makes no sense unless I’m talking about making some sort of food that people relate with Germans. Or beer. But no one has a frame of reference for what it means to have ADHD. Despite my massive case of the ADHDs, I doubt any of my coworkers know. I fight the symptoms but I am careful to try to explain a so-called deficit to others without mentioning ADHD. It makes people tune out.

All that to say that the work How to ADHD does to increase awareness for those of us with the condition is all to the good.

This week in Autism

Lack of acceptance negatively impacts mental health of autistics.

I can only imagine. As an “autism cousin,” I feel like no one gets ADHD and no one understands how it impacts people with the condition. I’m able to deal with it because it has always been this way, but it’s not right. Trying to be something that I’m not is exhausting. The impact on autistics has to be much, much worse. The country has grown so cold in the last year. See below for more on that.

This Week in Humans

1. Protest against fellow humans goes low very quickly.

Lawmakers said they were also questioned based on their appearance. Rep. Eric Descheenie, D-Chinle, said he was confronted by Trump supporters while helping defend a young student that he said was being harassed.

They asked Descheenie, a Navajo lawmaker, if he was in the United States illegally.

“I’m indigenous to these lands,” Descheenie said. “My ancestors fought and died on these lands. I just told them, ‘Don’t ask me that question.’”

The rest of the article is as predictably horrible as you might imagine an article about people protesting other humans would be. The level of dehumanization required for someone to scream at people to get out of “my country” is unreal.

2. And an article from NBC News about absurd and heartbreaking story about United Airlines putting corporate bureaucracy over humans. Again, at any moment, anyone could have stopped and helped this woman, but instead every employee chose to hide behind process and totally ignore this woman in need of just one human who would listen.

And, books, podcasts and articles I read this week.

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