Followers of this blog have probably noticed that I haven't been posting for about three months. In a nutshell, the past few months have been incredibly tough for me. I hope they can forgive me for having a post that deviates from knitting before I begin really posting again.
About two weeks ago, I was hopitialized for depression and spent four days in a psychiatric ward. During this time, and afterward, I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder, general anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and a very high likelyhood of Asperger's syndrome. From my understanding, depression and anxiety have a high comorbidity (or often occur with) Asperger's.
Now I'm under the care of several doctors and am slowly recovering from my time in the hospital. There is still a large amount of stigma in society when it comes to mental illness, and I thought sharing my diagnosis might help encourage others to seek help. I know that I should have sought help earlier for my mental problems, and waiting so long probably contributed to my stay at the hospital.
I want to give back, and to help people understand Asperger's syndrome, a part of the autism disorders spectrum. I know knitter's are some of the most generous people out there, and I'm the asking the next time you're thinking about giving to charity, think of Austim Speaks. Autism Speaks is an incredible charity that is "dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families." I'll also be putting a permanent link on the blog.