Content Warning: mention of rape
Note: Despite the problematic nature of the term, I use “high-functioning” as a way to describe myself and as an easier way to discuss those like me in this way. I know just as well as the next person that I am not a “normally functioning” person. But when I’m around people and feel obligated to put on a mask, my functionality soars because it has to. I consider this “high-functioning” because of the drastic difference between what I’m capable of when I’m able to bury my symptoms under mountains of work. If this is read as some internalized ableism on my part by other mentally or physically disabled people, please let me know so I can work on that for the future.
I’m sensory sensitive. Not many people are aware that this issue exists nor what that means for the person affected despite the large impact it has. If you have a friend or loved one who experiences sensory sensitivity, it is absolutely crucial for you to understand what that means for them and for the interactions you will have with them.