I have looked at suicide with more than morbid curiosity. I know more about it than most people. I imagine most of the people reading my blog do, too. You see, there is a positive correlation between suicidal thoughts and ASD. Every time I meet with a group of Aspies, I can guarantee I will eventually hear terrible suicide talk. I’m not alone in thinking ASD’s comorbid issues lead too many in our community down the sad road to suicide. We are more prone to loneliness, poor self-esteem, residual effects of bullying, dissatisfaction with quality of life tied to employment and education struggles, relationship qualms, and then some. Fact is, no matter how well a person with ASD is doing, there will be emotional and psychological sharks infesting our waters.
The religious holidays of December have passed, but New Year’s is calling and its message is often misconstrued to mean if you aren’t part of a party, you aren’t part of anything. As fraught with lies as it is, the message is strong like a barnacle. Once it grabs hold, loads of fast scraping is needed.
I’m not in a good enough mood to write about something as bad as suicide, so I’m turning the topic over to Ginger Voight, a bestselling author and screenwriter who handles the subject very well in her ehow column and in her blog. Check them out (and take a peek at her books- they are fun rubenesque romance novels that make a fun New Year's Eve read!)
If the New Year’s Eve hustle is hurting you or anyone you know- call a first responder or depression help line NOW. And remember, the anybody who’s anybody will have fun on New Year’s idiom, is a crock of cow pies. There is nothing special about New Year’s except for the new calendar it brings.