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Old 07-17-17, 05:51 AM
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Spacing out in public

Is is common for those on the spectrum to completely 'space out' in environments such as supermarkets, bars and cafes?

Earlier this morning, I ordered a chilled Americano from Costa Coffee. Whilst waiting for my beverage to be prepared, I found myself completely overwhelmed by how many different sounds I was exposed to. Consequently, my brain kind of switched off, and it wasn't until a few minutes after I had left the cafe that I felt cognisant again.

Is this sensory abnormality a symptom of autism or ADHD?

At present, I only have a formal diagnosis of HFA but I do suspect I have severely inattentive ADD/ADHD too as I am unbelievably passive and lackadaisical.
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Re: Spacing out in public

Simply, yes..... I think it's a REALLY common trait.... ( search up on disassociation )....

While i've done this heavily my whole life....... I only became aware of it past 30 when I started getting treated...... now I'm aware I do it...... it's kinda weird cause it has led to some anxieties cause often it's a physical response...... but since treatment, it can easily be seen as a social/anxious thing.......

Comes down to knowing yourself, and having some coping mechanisms if need be....... For me, this mostly means that I need to do "thinking" things in quiet places.
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Re: Spacing out in public

This happens to me nearly every day!
once i am seated and I know i have a certain time frame for coffee, lunch, whatever - i enjoy the "zoning out", it's a kind of a break, just being absorbed in the environment and letting my mind wander as it likes.
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Re: Spacing out in public

Do you mean on the autism spectrum or is adhd a part of that too?
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Re: Spacing out in public

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Do you mean on the autism spectrum or is adhd a part of that too?
I was trying to ascertain if it is autism-related or an indication of ADHD.

By the sounds of it, it's a sensory sensitivity that leaves me feeling overwhelmed, thereby causing a 'blank mind'.
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Re: Spacing out in public

Do you just space out in situations where you experience a kind of sensory overload or can this also be triggered by other things like boredom? For example, when I get dragged along to go shopping with someone (grocery shopping, clothes shopping, etc.), I often kind of zone out or space out which can be really annoying to the person I'm with. But I think it's triggered more by boredom than sensory sensitivity.

When I was growing up, I used to get dragged along with my mother when she went shopping which I hated and found very boring. I probably spaced out a lot then, too.
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