For many women, the process of beginning to suspect that their feelings, thoughts and ways of experiencing the world are somehow different to that of those around them, can be a painful one.
Many women, especially those who discover later in life that they are on the Autism Spectrum, have often lived lives filled with a quiet sense of desperation and confusion over their repeatedly unsuccessful attempts at living up to the ‘kind of life’ that societal expectations demand of them.
On the surface they may appear to be shy, odd, home body types.
Or alternatively, come across as individuals who are rude, blunt, cold and determinedly goal oriented women.
When in reality they are often women who have found that they do not easily make small talk with others or possess a desire to gossip, read fashion magazines or obsess about their hair, make up, finger nails, shoes or any of the other supposedly ‘natural female interests’, that seem to come so easily to others.
As a result they may be women who have given up on pretending to be enamored by the social niceties of life, but, that does not mean that they themselves are not warm, caring, empathetic and highly intelligent women.
In many instances women on the Autism Spectrum are both highly creative and sensitive poets, writers and artists.
Yet because of their inability to ‘fit in’ socially, they have also more often than not, endured years of being placed in the ‘too hard’ basket by health professionals, family and friends alike simply because others have been unable to take their experiences seriously.
Many, especially those who are older, have experienced the utter lows of being misdiagnosed with damaging mental health conditions and have suffered the agony of being given up on as lost causes and thrown on to the scrap heap of humanity for doing what others perceive as ‘failing to willingly change their peculiar ways’.
Sadly, the practice of misdiagnosing young women and teenage girls on the Autism Spectrum with unnecessary and erroneous mental health conditions, is one that is still occurring today.
As a consequence, many women who suspect that they may be on the high functioning end of the Autism Spectrum, the end formerly known as Asperger’s Syndrome, choose not to seek out a formal diagnosis.
Instead they seek to walk a path that allows them to discover their own degrees of awareness, understanding and self acceptance without feeling the need to have the inner truth of who they are and what they experience, validated by a diagnostic criteria that has already served so many women and young girls on the Autism Spectrum so incredibly poorly.
WASP Women’s Asperger’s Syndrome Awareness Page is a place for both those who are starting out on their journeys of self discovery and those who, after many years, still find themselves walking along it.
It is a place where those of us who understand what it’s like to be at just about every point along the trail, can share, discuss, laugh and commiserate with each other over the many joys and misery’s that AS brings to our doors.
It is a place where no explanation is needed because we already understand.
You can find WASP Women’s Asperger’s Syndrome Awareness Page at http://www.facebook.com/waspwantsyou