Autistic Masking, Late Diagnosis, and Dissociation: The Toll It Takes on Autistic Mental Health

The best article I’ve seen about what it feels like to grow up as an undiagnosed autistic woman.

Autistic Science Person

CW: Gaslighting, self-harm, intrusive thoughts

(Long Post, Summary/Conclusion paragraph at the end)

This blog post came about after having a dissociation episode after watching Westworld a few nights ago. This post has helped me realize the reason and cause of my dissociation, likely from being an undiagnosed autistic person for 25 years of my life.

The Undiagnosed Autistic Life

Imagine all your life, you’ve been told that you just seem a “little” off. Just, you know, a little different. When you give your opinions, you’re either ignored, or simply told it’s “not a big deal” when you were not trying to complain, you were trying to collaborate. Whatever you do, whatever you say, is annoying, is rude, is unimportant, is inappropriate. Other people make excuses for you. “Oh you know, that’s just how she is. She’s just a bit different from the rest of us.”

GIF of the mother in Fantastic Mr. Fox talking to her son: "I know what it's like to feel, different." as she is wiggling her hands. GIF of the mother in…

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Athena Minerva

A place for me to write about things that concern myself and the world around me. Please check out my page on Amazon https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B01G9629BG after you have finished my blog or drop me a line at theenglishintrovert@beyondtheenglishintrovert.com

15 thoughts on “Autistic Masking, Late Diagnosis, and Dissociation: The Toll It Takes on Autistic Mental Health”

  1. I love the way you have expressed yourself, I don’t think I’ve ever read another description that explains how autistism makes the world seem cruel and unthinking. I work with a couple of people who have autism and I often try to understand how they see the world. I have a much better idea now thanks to you 😊

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