“We all looked reasonably normal on the outside, we all function at work, with our friends and families, we were all excellent social mimickers, we all had obsessions with things like people, books, photography, and animals, and we had all suffered from some form of mental illness.”
I do see more boys with diagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) though I see symptoms of ASD in girls that probably wouldn’t even get past the door to see a Paediatrician for assessment/diagnosis. I worry that ahead of them may be diagnoses of various illnesses e.g. anxiety disorders, personality disorder, depression when actually they are part of a community where there would be a greater sense of acceptance and understanding.
Here’s a video and article that features women who were diagnosed with autism late. They’re telling their stories.