My name is Amarantha and I’ve been diagnosed with Autism/PDDNOS since I was 22 years old.
I work 32h-40h a week as a helper in an emergency center. I’m (almost) married and I have 2 cats. My hobbies are very diverse, from going to parties, to reading and learning about herbs.
For a long time, I felt misunderstood and I tried to adjust myself everywhere, like a chameleon. After receiving my diagnosis, a lot fell into place.
About 7 years later I also got diagnosed with ADHD, so I could finally get medication. After receiving methylphenidate, my head suddenly became quieter. This opened up a whole new world for me. The medication allows me to somewhat 'channel' my hyperfocus and make sure I get the most out of my moments.
In addition, I have found running, fitness and CrossFit as my outlet. This gives me peace of mind so I can continue on for a while. Exercise, structure, rest and stability is the ultimate recipe for me to keep standing.