My name is John. I have spent my life - career as a psychiatric nurse specialist, - psychotherapist. Have worked with many people with Asperger's syndrome over the years..
Back in the 1970's when I was training in teaching I worked in special schools.. where there were individuals labeled as Autistic..
Four years ago - just after my 58th birthday, I was diagnosed as Autistic - Asperger's.. The last four years has been a roller coaster of emotion and brain overload.. Firstly I was overjoyed to have an answer. I was no longer mad, I had ALWAYS known that I was different, not quite how different.. Then there was the painfully time when long time friends and colleagues denied my Autism, some denied me...
Because of my years of research and study, I am absolutely fascinated how the 'gender gap' works out in Autism.. Is the Autistic male and the "neurotypical" female the biggest gap there can be??
My Autism is a valuable part of me.. but I. am not an Autistic!!
I also have a daughter......
The world can be such a lonely.. place sometimes... there are so few people who truly understand...
DawnStrider said:am absolutely fascinated how the 'gender gap' works out in Autism.. Is the Autistic male and the "neurotypical" female the biggest gap there
I am 51 year old female awaiting assessment. I have the impression that autism is a big old Boys Club to which I will be denied entry due to my xx chromosomes. Discuss
I think because our diagnoses we should not take things literally but also try to understand that we take things literally - phew.
That said - I think because the majority of research is on white males - the research is self-fulfilling.
For example, a woman may be autistic compared to her female colleagues. However, on paper compared to an autistic male may appear functional.
I think it's very difficult for clinicians to make that leap. And if they do I think it's done with risk.
For example, a woman was given a diagnosis "this seems" the only thing that fits.
Yes, the general thinking seems to run along the lines that:
Original Prankster said:women are better at masking than men
Yes we are