Invalidation and doubting diagnosis

View past chats on this topic: December 18, 2016 and April 28, 2019. and October 17, 2021.

Many autistic and similarly neurodivergent people have had others doubt they are really autistic or otherwise neurodivergent. This can happen regardless of whether someone has been formally diagnosed, or is self-diagnosed, or questioning. Sometimes we doubt ourselves, too. #AutChat


Q1: When have others doubted that you are autistic or similarly neurodivergent, if they have? In what kinds of situations? #AutChat

Q2: When others have expressed doubt, how have you responded? What responses have been helpful / not helpful? Does it differ if they’re a friend vs a family member, doctor, coworker, or something else? #AutChat

Q3: Have you doubted whether you are autistic or similarly neurodivergent? In what kinds of situations? #AutChat

Q4: What do you find helpful personally if you are beset with doubts you know are unreasonable? #AutChat

Questions for this chat were written by @theoriesofminds.

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