Article: The Guardian: Is the NHS failing women with autism?
Autism, or ASD, is far more prevalent in women than previously thought but is still often untreated because the stereotype focuses on male behavior. Women, it is commonly believed, mask their symptoms by learning to imitate the behavior of their friends and family. Getting a diagnosis is difficult and experts say their difficulties with social interaction and attachment to routine are misunderstood at school and then work, leaving them at increased risk of mental health problems including depression, eating disorders and self harm. Often naive and fearful of displeasing people, women on the spectrum are also vulnerable to abuse.
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