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.
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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