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My Brain Works Differently: Autism And Addiction – Dylan Dailor (Transcript) 

Here is the full transcript of Dylan Dailor’s talk titled “My Brain Works Differently: Autism And Addiction” at TEDxNorthAdams conference.

In this TEDx talk, Dylan Dailor explores the intricacies of living with autism and facing addiction challenges. He candidly shares his personal journey, highlighting the difficulties of social interaction and the pressures of conforming to societal norms. Dylan discusses the impact of being diagnosed with autism at a young age and how this has shaped his experiences in education and personal development.

He addresses the struggle with anxiety and how it led him to unhealthy coping mechanisms, emphasizing the importance of recognizing and addressing addiction. Throughout his talk, Dylan advocates for understanding and support for individuals on the autism spectrum, stressing that everyone’s brain works differently. He challenges the concept of “normal” and encourages embracing uniqueness. Dylan’s message is a powerful reminder of the value of acceptance, both of oneself and others, in fostering a more inclusive society.

Listen to the audio version here:


You know, I was trying to come up with a title for the talk, and I was like, “How can I do this so that everything I say has a surprise?” And I realized I couldn’t. So, I have a title that gives you a lot about me, and you’re going to end up hearing a lot more by the end of it.

So, I chose some quotes, and you’ll see those. I’m not going to pre-empt you, but I just want to address this one specifically. I like how far back must you go to discover the beginning of the trouble because I can kind of go back to a time when I was not so nervous as an individual and anxious. And I think that time my parents will tell you was October 27, 1999, the day of my birth. That was the last moment I wasn’t anxious.

The Early Years

So, it was also the first moment that I was on the spectrum, something I’d like to point out. I wasn’t on the spectrum when I was diagnosed when I was eight; I was on the spectrum when I was born on October 27, 1999.

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