I’m autistic and old, over 60.
Being autistic has certainly had its challenges including a lot of comorbid health issues.
I’ve survived horrendous bullying in grade school and high school, I’ve survived sexual and emotional abuse, I’ve survived a bad marriage and divorce, and I’ve survived a serious autoimmune disease which includes its own comorbid condition of frontal lobe epilepsy.
I’m still alive, enjoying most days, and I plan to be around for awhile.
Therefore, the attached article caught my attention especially since it was posted by numerous websites and my Google Alert newsfeed was inundated by it.
Do you agree? Autistics die younger than non-autistics?
I suspect it is partially true, but I doubt we can generalize with such an ominous prediction.
Furthermore, like many autistics, I suffer depression daily, and this kind of news tidbit could really fuel that comorbid condition.
[To be continued]
Washington Post article: