Why autism and ADHD are harder to spot in females

Why autism and ADHD are harder to spot in females

Melanie Sykes recently shared news of her autism diagnosis Celebrities including Melanie Sykes are raising awareness about autism in females by revealing their “relief” after being diagnosed with the condition as adults. Television presenter Sykes told Hello! magazine that she had “always felt different to other people and how they think and operate”. Describing her recent diagnosis, at the age of 51, as “fantastic”, she added: “Now I know it because I’m autistic it makes me feel validated as I understand why.” Christine McGuiness, wife of comedian Paddy McGuiness, has also described how her own diagnosis with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) at 33 has “been an amazing thing for me”. She first realised that she displayed signs of autism while filming a new BBC documentary, Our Family and Autism, about her three children, who all have ASD. The TV personality told Sky News that “I always felt different” but “always felt very similar to the children”. According to the National Autistic Society (NAS), although more women and girls are being diagnosed with autism, many are still “struggling to get the support they need” – and a major part of the problem is the “gender diagnosis gap”. A mainly male […]

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