So... How does your disability manifest itself, if that's a question you're willing to answer?

Tons of ways. The most obvious is my Tourette's. My TS cycles mild-to-moderate. When it's mild it's probably not too noticeable in public, but still something I'm very self-conscious about. When it's at its worst, it's moderately humiliating, and also physically uncomfortable. This is not the biggest problem I have.
My autism means it's difficult for me to interpret people's intentions and implications. Aside from the implications for social and family life, it's very hard for me to navigate situations with strangers in frames that I haven't had lots of practice with. I can shop for groceries but something like going to city hall to deal with a traffic ticket is really hard. Never mind applying for a job. This is not the biggest problem I have.
I'm in a lot of physical and emotional pain most of the time. This is not the biggest problem I have.
My short-term memory and general executive functioning are severely impaired. It's very hard for me to make and carry out plans. When I don't have constant input I am semi-catatonic. This is probably the biggest problem I have.

View more