Anonymous asked realsocialskills:
I live with roommates, and they do things that wouldn’t bother other people, but bother me, because I have *problems*. For instance, they leave out bottles of cough syrup and dog food on the kitchen counter. Those things make me nauseious and anxious because of childhood trauma and IBS, and make it hard for me to be able to eat. I’d like to ask them to leave them on the sideboard. But I don’t think they’d understand and will think I’m being controlling and unreasonable.
I don’t know, unfortunately. But I understand the problem - when you have unusual needs, it can be really hard to communicate that they are real things and not just you being controlling.
Have any of y'all found ways of handling this?