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autism comic

I came across this comic the other day and completely related to it! As in, this is me not just every night when the kids are asleep and I have self-directed time, but every time that the whirlwind of planned activity, schedules, and input from other people (mostly the kids demanding things 😉 ) stops long enough that I have to decide what to do next.

The character Stimmy Kitty is lying on a couch. First panel: she thinks, “I need to get up.” Second panel: she thinks, “But do I do my homework or my chores? What chore do I need to do first? Do I clean my room so I can do my homework?” Third panel: her thought cloud surrounds her (evoking her mental overwhelm) as she thinks, “No… Or should I draw instead? Maybe a better idea would… But what about feed… What I really want to do is go on a walk, but first I… What is wrong with me? I still need to do chores but How do I even get up? Which foot first? I can’t move.” Fourth panel: a voice off-screen says, “You need to get up.” Stimmy Kitty replies, “I can’t.”

The artist behind this strip, Steve Asbell, has a whole series featuring Stimmy Kitty here. The comic illustrating the build-up to a meltdown/shutdown was also one I particularly identified with, but really they are all quite good and you should check them out if you’re not already familiar with them!