A couple of things I want to discuss Since May is mental health awareness month, I thought it would be a perfect time to talk about some things concerning me. If you want to provide a counter-argument, please be kind and respectful, I’m not in the mood for jerks.
1. Fidget spinners and fidget cubes
Fidget products are designed to help people with autism, Adhd/Add, anxiety, and other neurodivergent groups focus and/or calm down. They people who invented them specifically made them to benefit us, the neurodivergent community, designing the gadget to stimulate a disorder’s symptoms. These are not toys. If you do not have a mental illness, but would like a fidget spinner or cube for stress, make sure we get ours first then go for it. If you want one for fun, remember that they are not toys and they serve a purpose besides entertainment.
2. The stim community
There are a couple of issues that I’m having with the stim community the way it is now. Stim blogs are supposed to function as a place where anybody who stims can come to and, well, stim. I don’t understand why people are adding “before you follow”s to their blog that list every belief they have, and if you don’t agree, don’t interact. I can respect if a user doesn’t want a certain community to follow because it might trigger them, but with that aside, the stim community shouldn’t be a platform for politics.
Another issue concerning me is how stimming is interpreted. I feel like “stimming” and “oddly satisfying” are beginning to merge, and that shouldn’t be happening. They can be stimmy, but glitter and slime are now what stimming is. Hand flapping, collarbone tapping, rocking, and chewing on things are stims. Rolling a marble around your thumb, feeling a texture, and even typing are stims. Stimming isn’t just watching people mix paint or hearing rain fall. Stimming is more than looking at something that has a great aesthetic value.
If anybody wants to talk to me about this, or provide extra information, please do it in a respectful and kind manner. I don’t have to time to deal with people who are going to call me an idiot and scream at me.