The inspiration for this blog article came from three separate directions. First, I have noticed on many Facebook group forums that young girls have not been given a diagnosis because ‘they don’t meet the Part B criteria of the DSM 5’ or that they have never even reached the point of being assessed because they ‘seem too sociable’, display empathy, or make good eye contact.
The second struck me when I was preparing for a webinar that I am presenting with Cathie Long (a very experienced Autistic/ADHD social worker) in October. The webinar deals with the trauma and shame associated with being Autistic and diagnosed as having an ‘emotionally unstable personality disorder’. This is heavily featured in my new book, Autism – Missed and Misdiagnosed, Identifying, Understanding and Supporting Diverse Autistic Identities (due to be published on 21st November this year by Jessica Kingsley).