The Independent reports that autism, traditonally seen as a much more male condition, might be more common in girls than previously realised:
Autism is an overwhelmingly male diagnosis â€“ it has been described as the “extreme male brain”. Boys with the diagnosis outnumber girls by between 10 and 15 to one…
But in the developing story of autism â€“ interest in which has increased hugely in the last decade â€“ girls have been neglected. That omission will be remedied this week with the first conference on autistic spectrum disorders in women and girls. One aim will be to examine whether the condition has been underdiagnosed in females â€“ and what links there may be with eating disorders.
According to Janet Treasure, professor of psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, around a fifth of girls diagnosed with anorexia have autistic spectrum features and 20 to 30 per cent may have exhibited rigidity and perfectionism in childhood. Anorexia has been called the female Asperger’s (the mild version of autism).
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