The purpose of this site is to give you the latest information and insight into the world of female autism.
My name is Kristen and I was inspired to create this site after being diagnosed as autistic in my 30’s. Though I had seen many skilled doctors, mental health professionals, and other healthcare providers throughout my life, none of them had ever once suspected autism. I was labelled shy, gifted, intense, sensitive, reserved, but never autistic.
How come? What is it about me that makes my autism invisible? And why did it take so long for someone to finally see autism in the ways I express myself and inhabit this world? These are the types of questions I explore here.
I invite you to subscribe and be part of the conversation.
As it turns out, I’m not alone in my experience of being completely shocked by the words, “Maybe you’re autistic.” According to my psychologist, the most common profile of someone making an appointment for an autism assessment these days is a middle-aged woman whose life may be falling apart. Perhaps she’s felt like she’s never fit in for as long as she can remember and she just wants answers.
I am writing this to you and for you because the predominant view of autism is incomplete, and this incomplete view is leading to a lot of pain and confusion.
The female autism phenotype is a presentation of autism frequently displayed by females, but also by some males, gender fluid, and afab (assigned female at birth) individuals.
This particular presentation of autism (or set of autistic presentations) is often missed by seasoned therapists, psychologists, doctors, and even those who specialize in autism assessment and diagnosis.
It’s a problem we have to work hard to fix. Together. And the time is now.
Individuals presenting with the female autism phenotype are frequently misdiagnosed with borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, or similar. While these conditions can co-exist, they are rare. Autistic females often experience co-occurring anxiety and/or depression. Many have long-standing PTSD.
Since suicide and severe depression are exceedingly common in this population, it is up to all of us to be as informed as possible about autism in females.
And I sincerely want to help.
I want to help increase understanding and awareness about:
- the more subtle ways autism can manifest,
- harmful myths and stereotypes about autism and autistic people, and
- the latest autism research.
And I want to help ensure that autistic individuals are empowered to live comfortable and fulfilling lives.
Please join me.
And if you have a question or concern, please feel free to contact me.
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