Monday, 10 January 2011

Women with undiagnosed autism

Increasingly, more females are being diagnosed with autism but females present differently to males, with less obsessional and pedantic traits. This means autism is less likely to be suspected and many women may be living with undiagnosed ASD like 32-year old Shona was.

I've been writing Shona's heart-breaking, inspirational story for a national newspaper and a women's magazine over the weekend. Throughout her life, Shona hasn't been able to understand why she has never fitted in anywhere. She tried hard to get on with people but she never managed to form lasting close bonds. Six years ago everything fell into place when doctors diagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Shona was relieved finally to learn that something was wrong with her - she wasn't a failure and a misfit.

I'll blog again when the articles come out.

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