How to Get an Autism Diagnosis if You're a Woman

Hello Ladies!

It's no secret that autism diagnoses are skewed heavily toward men.

In fact, the ratio of men to women with autism is 4 to 1. And while there are many possible explanations for this discrepancy, the fact remains that women on the autism spectrum are often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. If you suspect that you might be on the spectrum, here are a few tips for getting an accurate diagnosis.

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1. Be persistent.

It took me years of research and advocacy before I finally got an official autism diagnosis at the age of 33. Don't give up if you don't get a diagnosis right away—keep pushing for answers.

2. See a variety of doctors.

I saw four different doctors before finally finding one who was willing to give me an autism diagnosis. Not all doctors are familiar with autism in women, so it's important to see a few different ones until you find one who can help you.

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3. Be prepared to fight for your diagnosis.

Once I finally found a doctor who was willing to diagnose me, my insurance company denied my claim for autism treatment. I had to appeal the decision and provide extensive documentation before they finally approved it. If you're facing resistance, don't give up—keep fighting for the help you need.

Getting an autism diagnosis as a woman can be a long and difficult process, but it's worth it in the end. With the right support, women on the spectrum can lead rich and fulfilling lives. If you think you might be on the spectrum, don't give up until you get the answers you're looking for. Until Next Time!...XOXO 🍁🧡🍂

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