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Autism: Does everyone just want a label? By Jane McNeice ‘The Umbrella Picker’

Posted by on 22 Apr, 2024 in Mental Health |

Autism: Does everyone just want a label? By Jane McNeice ‘The Umbrella Picker’

  This Autism Awareness month (and beyond) you may hear comments like “Everyone wants a label these days”, or “There was none of this Autism in my day!”. This is stimulated by the increased number of people self-identifying Autism, and in many cases seeking assessment and formal diagnosis, which is currently being driven by two things: A considerable number of Autistic people are receiving a diagnosis of Autism late in life. Why? Simply because they weren’t identified in childhood,...

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Why I am unable to stop social masking

Posted by on 6 Feb, 2023 in Mental Health |

Why I am unable to stop social masking

When people encourage me to be myself, not to socially mask, or as one Autistic said to me after my diagnosis at age 45 “Just don’t mask!” they make it totally about me, and totally my responsibility, but it’s not just about me, and it never was. I have socially masked for 47 years, and I started masking at the age of 4. What is social masking? Social masking is mimicking neurotypical behaviour to fit in, or to hide in plain sight, camouflaging. Some Autistics will become very adept at it, to...

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