April 2 is the World Autism Day, a day designed to raise awareness about a condition that presents itself in many different ways. The condition is so atypical that many women and girls with autism aren’t even aware they live with it.
Their life may seem a constant struggle, but they have no clue for why things have to be that way. Life is just tough for many of them. These women and girls are often underdiagnosed because they are highly intelligent and more likely to fit in than boys.
Autistic girls and women act more like social chameleons even though they do not fully understand why they should act in a specific way. According to recent report, there is one “low-functioning” autistic woman for four men diagnosed with the condition. When it comes to high-functioning autism, that ratio drops to 1:9.
This means that there are many girls and women with “high-functioning” autism that are flying under the radar even though something always seems to be off.
Many of these women are highly intelligent, yet they aren’t very good at guessing what other people are thinking. They also enjoy solitude, stay away from human touch, keep interactions to a minimum when under a lot of stress, and have intense passions.
Most of these girls and women are not aware of their talents so they usually have huge self-esteem issues. In fact, most of these women see their gifts and talents as shortcomings in a society that doesn’t understand them.
Many of these women’s and girls’ lives would dramatically improve if they learned the diagnosis. They would be able to understand how their mind works and overcome their difficulties. Around one in 100 people is believed to have autism.
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