Autism: Many adults with autism are misdiagnosed – signs to spot

Christine McGuinness on hereditary autism in her family Many women with this condition tend to be misdiagnosed and misunderstood, Spectrum News reports. This might be due to possible differences in signs between women and men as the NHS reports “it can be harder to tell you’re autistic if you’re a woman”. Autism can sometimes manifest differently in women and men, according to the NHS. The health service reports that autistic women may be quieter, hide their feelings and appear to cope better with social situations. This description is different from the summary of autism the health body has. This summary states autistic people might get anxious or upset about unfamiliar situations and social events and find social situations difficult as it can be hard to communicate and interact with other people. Pain relief: Simple trick which ‘works almost as well as painkillers’ – Dr Michael Mosley The NHS concludes that this difference between men and women means “it can be harder” to tell if a woman is autistic. Around 42 percent of women and girls with autism receive at least one misdiagnosis before finding out they have autism, Psychology Today states. National Library of Medicine reports that on average, […]

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