Welcome back to the Audacious Aspie! This week, we will finish up on the look at the Bristol Health article about Autistic/Asperger masking, than introduce a new guest talking about the same topic. Or that was the plan anyways, Before Healthwatch Bristol wouldn't stop yapping before time ran out, forcing me to reschedule the interview with guest number 2. As an Aspie, nothing is worse than a disrupted routine. So anyways, let's get back to the topic eh?
Imagine someone knocking over your tea onto your computer, smashing your potted plant and tearing up your reading material, than pouring all the contents of both the plant and material onto the remains of you computer. That’s how bad a disrupted routine is for us.
Here’s something you may not have known, or at least I did not know: masking can help increase the chances of a miss-diagnoses (though, upon further reflection, it does make sense. It is after all, called masking, not revealing. Revealing is for when the police have unmasked you, than go after you in a high-speed airship chase. Some steam-punk reference there for all of you fans of the genre, me included.) The article explains that it might be a reason why “some people may never get diagnosed or only in Adulthood.” (Paragraph 6). Or at least able to hide their Autism/Aspergers from people who are not on the spectrum.
Ever wondered why fewer girls and women get diagnosed than men? Well, the article thinks that masking may have a hand in that. Both women and girls, the article claims, have more masking behaviours than men and boys. What's more, some may not even know that they are Autistic/Aspergers, rather attributing their struggles to either being tired or hungry (or both, to which I call it: tungry).
See this cat? It’s grumpy because it’s hungry, with no food in it’s food bowl. Therefore, it’s tungry. Just like my cat in real life when she's tungry, or mad, or being a cat.
This of course, the article claims, can lead to them both blaming themselves, and continuing their destructive habits (rather than let their true nerd shine and totally dive in their own particular obsessions head first). Others are more resistant to getting socially burnt out, and yet others do not get burnt out at all when they are with people close to them, like their parents or spouse.
Finally, the article concludes with the observation that more research is needed as to why more males than females get diagnosed with Autism/Aspergers, with masking perhaps being the main culprit. Will, that does it for this week's post, next week we will continue to look at the whole masking masking mayhem, this time turning to a different article, digging ever deeper into the mystery of the mask (no, not Jim Carrey’s The Mask, though that would be undoubtedly cool. It’s time to P.A.R.T. Y? Because I gotta!) Until next time, this continues to be, the Audacious Aspie.