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Living with autism: why my diagnosis was such a relief

Learning disability nurse and RCN Nursing Awards winner Gerard Wainwright was diagnosed with autism at 50 and wants more opportunities for the neurodivergent

Learning disability nurse and RCN Nursing Awards winner Gerard Wainwright was diagnosed with autism at 50 and wants more opportunities for the neurodivergent

  • Being diagnosed as autistic at 50 by a psychiatrist was a relief to the author and gave him a feeling of acceptance
  • Autism can be a hard condition to understand and people often carry an unconscious bias
  • Autistic people are diverse and vary widely in the way their autism affects them

Like many people with a late diagnosis of autism, I was increasingly aware that I was autistic long before I was diagnosed.

Equally, I would often think of reasons why I was not autistic. I

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