ABSTRACT

Part two of the blog covers the second and third month post-diagnosis. The masking and the diminishment of the sense of self through perpetual double thinking are examined more closely before the blog posts start. In addition to those concerns, in this part of the blog, the author continuing to pathologise anything recognised as autistic is being witnessed. Another thing evident in this blog, which was written several months after diagnosis, is the impact of the brain’s capacity of an autistic person to focus intently on a topic. This section of the blog begins with the considering of binary thinking. Researchers have found autistic people to be at increased risk of bullying with some suggesting rates are three to four times higher than for neurotypical peers. The chapter then addresses the barriers between the neurotypical, the self-diagnosed neurodivergent and the professionally diagnosed neurodivergent communities.