Nicola Clark- I was diagnosed with autism in my 40s. It’s not just a male condition

From my news feed. I was just saying that Autistic women are invisible and are getting diagnosed later in life.

We need to do better. In the following article Nicola Clark talks about being diagnosed at 40.

I can take NO credit for the information below but felt that Nicola’s words neededto be shared.

Last year, in my late 40s, I was diagnosed with autism. I’ve always known I was different, and sought a formal diagnosis after the traits I’ve lived with for almost five decades became progressively more difficult to manage.

I’m certainly not the only woman who has had to wait a long time for a diagnosis. TheNational Autistic Society (NAS) is calling for doctors to have a better understanding of how gender differences affect autism, and to recognise that women and girls have been historically under-diagnosed.

In its 2012 survey of more than 8,000 autistic people and family members in the UK, the NAS found that women and girls were more likely to be misdiagnosed than men and boys (41% of females had been diagnosed with another condition on assessment, compared to 30% of males). And once they were diagnosed, women and girls were less likely to access extra support. In cases of Asperger syndrome, only 8% of girls were diagnosed before they had reached the age of six, compared to 25% of boys; and only 20% of girls were diagnosed by the age of 11, compared to 50% of boys. Many women remain undiagnosed until their 20s or 30s.

Read the full story here.

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