Date: June 23, 2019
The Failings of the Mental Health System for Autistic Women
Women are often misdiagnosed or undiagnosed, and it has potentially-fatal consequences for autistic adults who are told that they have a cluster of mental illnesses instead of a neurological condition.
Editor’s note: The author of this article is in the UK; however, much of what is discussed in this article is relevant in many countries and regions.
Being an autistic woman is not easy. Especially when you are un-diagnosed, self-diagnosed, or have been diagnosed later on in life.
A large contributing factor to that difficulty is the fact that you have grown up knowing that you are different, struggling to fit in– sometimes rejecting society and not wanting to fit in.
It’s hard trying to understand social communication, romantic advancements, and verbal communication and often being shunned or rejected by neurotypical women because you are different from them and viewed as either broken or a threat.
I have spent my life on the outside, believing with every fibre of my being that there was something very wrong with me as I just didn’t understand my peers. I didn’t understand how to make friends, or how I was meant to act in order to keep friends.
From: The Aspergian. Read more here