Years ago, the first time I heard about my bizarre sensory symptoms was in something I read about autism. I immediately wondered if I was autistic.
But autism includes:
- Difficulty communicating
- A lack of ability to read social cues
- Poor eye contact
I communicate just fine when I’m not in a situation that taxes my senses.
I am very sensitive (possibly too sensitive) to social cues.I do feel eye contact to be very intense and I have difficulty maintaining it when I am over-stimulated. But if I am in a situation where communication is required, I naturally seek and maintain eye-contact. That was not something I had to learn; it was an innate skill.