I should pretend that everything is fine when I’m overstimulated.
I should suppress my stims so that people won’t be weirded out by me.
I should force myself to make eye contact with people I’m speaking to.
I should tough it out and not ask for accommodations.
I should put in 110% effort all the time to avoid being seen as “incompetent”.
I should have an exceptional talent at something so that people will see me as “worthy”.
My life won’t truly begin until I learn to appear completely neurotypical.