Part 4 of the LA Times’ week-long series about the mysteries of autism asks:
As more children are diagnosed with autism, where are the undiagnosed adults hiding? If our theories about increased rates in U.S. children are correct (that it’s due to an increase in diagnosis), then we likely have millions of undiagnosed adults living around us, many completely untreated. A fantastic series:
But evidence suggests the vast majority are not segregated from society — they are hiding in plain sight. Most will probably never be identified, but a picture of their lives is starting to emerge from those who have been.
They live in households, sometimes alone, sometimes with the support of their parents, sometimes even with spouses. Many were bullied as children and still struggle to connect with others. Some managed to find jobs that fit their strengths and partners who understand them.
If modern estimates of autism rates apply to past generations, about 2 million U.S. adults have various forms of it — and society has long absorbed the emotional and financial toll, mostly without realizing it.
What could their lives have been like with proper diagnosis and treatment? Has anyone had experience with an undiagnosed autistic adult?
Source: Los Angeles Times
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