Autistics Share: Professionals Miss the Mark in Recognizing Autism in Women

Just had to reblog this one – the familiar story of how Asperger’s and HFA females are sidelined, ridiculed and ignored…

Everyday Aspie

I recently asked 60-plus readers from across the globe, who believe they are autistic/Aspie or have been diagnosed with autism/Aspergers, this question:

“What has a professional told you when you were seeking out an autism and/or Aspergers diagnosis?”

Here are their responses:

  1. The first psychologist diagnosed me with Bipolar-II after speaking with me for only ten minutes. He based his entire diagnosis on anxiety, depression, and the fact that one night, out of 365, I couldn’t sleep and had restless non-stop thoughts. He didn’t say I met most of the criteria for the condition, but recommended medication anyhow. It wasn’t until about twenty years later that I figured out, after my child’s diagnosis, that I was likely autistic.
  1. I was told: “You write exceptionally well…and have two diplomas, how can you have Autism?. It’s just depression.” It took me six months of begging to get my doctor to agree to…

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7 thoughts on “Autistics Share: Professionals Miss the Mark in Recognizing Autism in Women

  1. Recently had a “professional” who we had contacted in hopes of obtaining information for adolescent education for Aspies. She did an “informal” assessment of my son, interacted with him about an hour, observing, etc. Next day she says to me, he’s not Asperger’s I think. Her sole reason: “He shook my hand.” So, all the doctors who knew him since birth were wrong, myself as a counselor was wrong, and so on. She said he can articulate, but she asked him only about things he liked: Video games, which he can talk about for hours and hours. That’s just one person. The stereotypes, apathy and patronization by so-called professionals can be profound and very damaging to already socially sensitive individuals.

    1. I agree Red Haircrow. The ignorance among professionals still is appalling and very damaging. And the fact that parents seek assessment in the first place shows the child is struggling and needs support – which is usually only forthcoming based on diagnosis. In some places, professionals are convinced parents only seek diagnosis for obtaining benefits! They often don’t work respectfully with parents, sending them on parenting courses before assessing for neurodevelopmental difficulties. If he already has a diagnosis, her opinion is irrelevant and if he doesn’t, I would seek a more enlightened professional! Best of luck.

      1. We were seeking educational services, and in Germany, no matter what your doctors in your home country might say, how recent or relevant: they are not considered acceptable. They have to do it again.

        For the other post: indeed, its rather a requirement know anyway, but I’d seen this article also.

      1. That’s a shame, and really unhelpful of them. There is no reason not to trust another country’s diagnosis methods. There are also clinical tools that are standard across countries.

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