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Girls are underdiagnosed

posted 15 Nov 2013, 05:05 by Valerie Carlin   [ updated 15 Nov 2013, 05:05 by Jan Szafranski ]

Thousands of GIRLS may have undiagnosed autism because they can hide the signs better than boys

  • Figures show that boys are nine times more likely to develop the condition than girls and experts assumed this was due to genetic differences
  • But experts now believe girls are simply better at hiding certain symptoms - such as being able to recognise people's emotions as happy, sad or fearful
  • This is dangerous because left untreated, these girls may be prone to eating disorders and depression later in life 

Read more:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2507383/Thousands-GIRLS-undiagnosed-autism-hide-signs-better-boys.html#ixzz2kidvsZfM