I know MY brain BETTER than anyone else. That includes (but is not limited to) parents, professionals, etc. even with the best of intentions (which many times they do).
You've gotten the talking down, just not the LISTENING.
People hurt me, both physically and emotionally.
I was ignored by my peers in elementary, middle, junior high, and high school.
I was bullied, both physically and verbally. Think: a death threat ("I will kill you.")
They called me retarded. I DESPISE the "R" word. Even if used correctly, I do not have an intellectual disability.
In my life I tried to make everyone happy, while I HURT and HIDE. It's MY TURN to decide who I WILL and will NOT please.