This is part 13 of the “I Think I Might be Autistic” series.
Disclosure, it turns out, is a sticky issue. My first instinct was, “This is great! I have an explanation for my difficulties. I’ll tell everyone and they’ll be as happy about it as I am.”
Er, no. Disclosure makes people uncomfortable. Most people don’t know what to say. Many will reassure you that it makes no difference and then proceed to treat you differently. Even in the people who are very accepting, you may notice the occasional patronizing statement or doubt about your competence–little shifts in the way this person sees you now that you’re autistic.
Not that you weren’t autistic before, of course. But handing a label as loaded as autistic to another person changes things, like it or not.
Who to Share Your Diagnosis With
Some people openly disclose to everyone. Others share…
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