Sunday, March 14th, 2010
You have not published an article on people waking up to find that they are on the autistic spectrum in mid-life. Autism is a genetic disorder which means that it runs in the families. People at mid-life have struggled through trying to meet neurotypical norms at the work place and at home with no supports or knowledge that they have a disorder. They are not eligible for services provided through school systems. Many state programs have age limits (age 21). Insurance coverage is not good even with plans from Fortune 500 companies. Autistic people at mid-life have just grit their teeth and bear the problem. At mid-life, many people realize that their compensations can't continue. The adrenaline that might have fueled the compensations just isn't there any more. For women, they are also struggling with hormonal changes that affect their energy level and cognition.
Autism is looked at as a disease of the young when it is a disease from birth to death. There are elderly people with autism who need to be studied so that we know what the interaction of normal cognitive and physical decline with the autistic spectrum disorders and their associated co-morbidities (and there are a lot of them).
For real life stories of people waking up at mid-life and finding that they are on the autistic spectrum see:
thank you for those references – i always wondered what was wrong
[...] Autism through the lifespan #6: Early Adulthood Erika Beras -March 14th, 2010 For most, early adulthood is full of new found independence. Going to college, getting a job, moving from home and possibly starting one’s own family are among early adulthood’s rites of passage. But a wave of autistic adolescents are becoming adults and will most likely struggle with all of those things. [...]
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