A late diagnosis of autism can be affirming as well as confusing. Is it important to go through a formal autism assessment? Do the opinions of other people matter? What does self-diagnosis mean?
From the outside looking in, perhaps eating disorders and autism couldn’t look more different. Supposedly, people with autism aren’t attuned to their emotions, whereas people with eating disorders are highly sensitive and turn to food/eating behaviours to cope. But strip off the misconceptions, and the two conditions are far more similar than anyone believed.