International study to look at misdiagnosis, social exclusion and stress among females on autistic spectrum.
Estimates of the ratio of females to males diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome or high-functioning autism varies from 1:4 to 1:10. No one understands this gender disparity: whether women really are less likely to be on the spectrum than men – or whether doctors are failing to spot the disorder in women.
The depressing thing???
“She claimed that I just needed to ‘act normal’ and that by buying nice clothes and reading women’s magazines I could learn to be ‘normal’. The only diagnosis I received from her was depression and anxiety.”
This is EXACTLY what my councilor in 4th grade told me. OH My god. I’m like… seriously. I have had SO many councilors and therapists just telling me that acting normally would fix it and alleviate the depression. Wanna know what alleviates the depression, and to a much lesser degree the anxiety?? NOT acting normal. It was too stressful. I had a meltdown over acting normal. Not effing worth it, IMHO.
Bloody hell, that’s terrible! I mean, what is ‘normal’ anyway?!