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Overdiagnosing Autism in Intelligent, Introverted Boys

Harmony Spencer

Autism is widely diagnosed--especially at a young age--with a 78% increase of Autism Spectrum diagnoses in the last 10 years. This excerpt from the book "Back to Normal: Why Ordinary Childhood Behavior Is Mistaken for ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorder" provides a really interesting discussion of this issue, explaining the early-diagnosis trap, gender differences, and how professionals often jump the gun on smart, introverted boys.

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