Medscape: See the Medical World Through Neurodivergent Doctors’ Eyes

(Cassie Shortsleeve, 6/20/2024)

Although autism can sometimes be diagnosed as early as 18 months, it’s not uncommon to receive a diagnosis well into adulthood. “Like many late-identified autistic adults, I got my autism diagnosis in the context of autistic burnout,” says Melissa Houser, MD, a primary care physician who received a diagnosis in 2021. Houser, who uses the pronouns she/they, explains that her experience is common, “a consequence of chronically having your life’s demands exceed your capacity.”

 “I look forward to the day when we don’t have to wait until people are profoundly depleted to discover how their brains work,” says Houser.

Side view of a brain inside a blue outline of a head. The brain is lit up with pink lights to show brain activity.