The Gas-lighting of Women and Girls on the Autism Spectrum | Seventh Voice

I feel even more strongly about this today, than I did last year. And until things change with regard to every professional being proficient in atypical autism diagnosis (including female phenotype, nonbinary, and men who don’t act like “standard-issue” autistics), I will continue to.

The healthcare profession is doing us a serious disservice, by refusing to diagnose atypical autism, and treating diagnosis like something to avoid.

It’s NOT something to avoid. Not for us. It fills in the blanks and lets us make sense of things in a context that actually works for us.

This gas-lighting of autistics because of professional ignorance needs to change.

Aspie Under Your Radar

Artwork by Mirella Santana

This is a great piece – I’m glad I just found it. Enjoy…

For many women who recognize themselves within the folds of female Autism later in life, the process of seeking understanding and validation in the form of a diagnosis from a professional, often leads to yet another round of gas-lighting.

If a woman expresses the capacity to recognize and understand that she may be Autistic, she’s then told by professionals, that she’s too self-aware to be on the Autism Spectrum and is summarily dismissed.

If a woman expresses feeling that she may have been let down by others or betrayed by a society that only values certain ways of being, she is told by professionals, that she has a persecution complex and is summarily dismissed.

If a woman expresses the capacity to feel love, empathy or even hints at the potential for having a sense of humor, she’s…

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3 thoughts on “The Gas-lighting of Women and Girls on the Autism Spectrum | Seventh Voice

  1. So glad you found and posted this. It’s rare for an article or blog post to speak so loudly to me — even considering that I was born when Asperger’s was just a tiny blip on the horizon and that knowledge of the autism spectrum didn’t find me until I was in my 60s. Still undiagnosed (officially) and quite content to be who I am.

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    1. VisualVox

      That’s the most important thing, I think. Being content with who we are, and having a strong sense of our own identity, the ability to manage our challenges, and live our lives to the fullest.

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